Facebook's Australian head departs

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Paul Borrud, the head of Facebook's Australia and New Zealand operation, is set to depart the company to spend more time with his family.

Borrud spent six years with Facebook and came to Australia in 2009 to set up the local operation. He was reportedly one of Mark Zuckerberg's early hires.

First reported in the Australian Financial Review and confirmed by ZDNet Australia, Borrud will stay at Facebook until mid-February. A hunt is already on for his successor.

"Facebook has been an amazing ride," the outgoing Borrud said in a statement, "from our early days as a start-up through to moving to Sydney and making Australia home."

Facebook is sure to miss having Borrud on board, saying in a statement: "we are grateful for Paul's dedication and the contributions he has made to the company, and we wish him well as he takes some personal time with his family."

Topics: Social Enterprise, Government : AU, Tech & Work


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