Regina Dugan is leaving her place as the top of Fb's fledgling consumer-hardware lab, Constructing eight, elevating questions in regards to the firm's dedication to bold initiatives like mind-studying know-how and augmented-actuality glasses.
Dugan stated in a Facebook post on Tuesday that she was leaving to "give attention to constructing and main a brand new endeavor," although she did not specify additional.
Dugan joined Fb 18 months in the past from Google's superior-tasks division, which she famously described as a "band of pirates making an attempt to do epic s---." The transfer was celebrated on the time as a serious coup for Fb and an indication that the social community was getting critical about constructing that may compete with Google, Amazon, and Apple.
Constructing eight has but to launch a product, however it's engaged on an unannounced video-chat device for the home, code-named "Aloha," anticipated to be launched in Could, Business Insider beforehand reported.
Constructing eight has additionally teased extra-futuristic work on brain-scanning technology that may enable individuals to sort with their ideas.
Hints of disagreements
Dugan's time on the helm of Constructing eight has not been clean.
Constructing eight has seen a number of key departures in its quick historical past, together with its COO, Richard Wooldridge, its head of shopper expertise, Donald Hicks, and its head of product administration, Olivier Bartholot, in accordance with individuals aware of the matter.
Fb not too long ago put considered one of its most seasoned executives, Andrew Bosworth, in command of all its efforts, together with Oculus VR and Constructing eight — a transfer aimed toward unifying its multipronged efforts to construct devices for customers.
In a press release on Monday saying her departure, Dugan hinted at potential disagreements with Fb, whose 2-billion-member social community has been below scrutiny for its position in spreading pretend information and Russian propaganda throughout the 2016 US presidential election. Dugan stated there was a "tidal shift" in Silicon Valley and that "these of us on this business have better duties than ever earlier than."
"The timing feels proper to step away and be purposeful about what's subsequent, considerate about new methods to contribute in occasions of disruption," she stated.
In her Fb submit on Tuesday, Dugan stated she would go away Fb and Constructing eight in early 2018 to make sure "a clean transition."