It was on Tuesday in a Facebook Post Regina Dugan announced about departure and said that to “focus on building and leading a new endeavor, and to ensure a smooth transition in 2018”, she’s leaving Facebook though nothing further was specified by her. It was only just 18 months back, from advanced projects division of Google, Dugan had joined Facebook.
Regina Dugan now is leaving as a head of fledging consumer’s hardware lab of Facebook, Building 8. On her departure news, Facebook instantly didn’t respond to any kind of requests for comments. It was in early 2016, when Dugan left Google to join facebook in order to lead the efforts of consumer hardware. A product is yet to be released by the Division, but it is on with its work on an unannounced device of video chat codenamed Aloha. Building 8 has also mocked about further futuristic technological work on brain-scanning.
It is under Dugan’s leadership, Building 8, in its short history has witnessed a lot of key departures, which also includes the loss of Richard Woolridge, COO; Donald Hicks, head of consumer experience, and Oliver Bartholot, head of product management. This was all according to people who were familiar with the matter.
Lately facebook has put Andrew Bosworth, one of its most seasoned executives, in charge of all the hardware efforts that include Building 8 and VR Oculus. It is a move in aiming at unifying the multipronged efforts of facebook in order to build gadgets for consumers.
At the helm of Building 8, Dugan’s time hasn’t been smooth.
On Monday while announcing of her departure, in a statement Dugan give a slight hint on prospective disagreements with facebook. The social network with 2 billion members has been under scrutiny in its role for spreading Russian propaganda and fake news during the 2016 election of US president.
Dugan said; that in Silicon Valley there was a “tidal shift”, and that “those of us in this industry have greater responsibilities than ever before.”
She also said; “The timing feels right to step away and be purposeful about what’s next, thoughtful about new ways to contribute in times of disruption”.