(Reuters) - Social media giant Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Friday set a $6 billion buyback program for its Class A shares, beginning in the first quarter of 2017.
Facebook's shares were up 1.1 percent at $118.24 in after-hours trading. The company had a market value of about $337 billion at close.
Athwal has spent nearly nine years at the company and was formerly the director of revenue at Yahoo Inc YHOO.O.
The company said it planned to launch a search for a replacement.
(Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)