Thursday, August 2, 2012

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) Sees Fourth Exit of Top Executive post-May IPO

Facebook Inc’s (NASDAQ:FB) Director of Platform Partnerships, Ethan Beard, on Wednesday publicly announced his departure from the company via a posting on the social network site.

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"It is with mixed emotions that I'm letting you all know that I've decided to leave Facebook to seek my next adventure. For the past 4+ years I've had the privilege of working with some of the most brilliant people on one of the most impactful products the world has ever seen. In addition, I've had the pleasure of helping build an ecosystem of incredible developers from innovative startups and established companies. I'm exceptionally proud of the team we've built and the work we've done and I'm incredibly enthusiastic about the future of Facebook and Platform and know that I'm leaving it in good hands of people like Dan Rose, Justin Osofsky, Sean Ryan, Douglas Purdy, David Fisch and Chris Daniels.

Saying goodbye is always hard but I'm looking forward to taking some time off to recharge and re-energize before starting a new venture of my own.  Thank you Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and the entire team at Facebook."

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Beard joined Facebook in April 2008 as director of business development and the following year he led the company's worldwide developer relations and marketing and worked on the web and mobile integrations with Open Graph.

Prior to joining the social networking site, Beard was with Google as director of social media and new business development.

This is the second high profile exit from the company in a week after Director of Product Management Carl Sjogreen quit the company last week. In June Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor quit, while Director of Corporate Communications Barry Schnitt also left to join rival Pinterest.

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