Director of Product Management Carl Sjogreen Leaving Facebook

By David Cohen 

Facebook Director of Product Management Carl Sjogreen, best known for leading the social network’s charge ahead with its open graph application platform, announced Tuesday that he is leaving the company, offering no details about his next role.

Sjogreen marked the third high-profile departure since Facebook’s May 18 initial public offering.

Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor announced last month that he will leave the social network later this summer to start a company with Kevin Gibbs, founder and tech lead of the Google App Engine and creator of Google Suggest.

And Director of Corporate Communications and Public Policy Barry Schnitt bolted in late May to become head of communications and public policy at fledgling social network Pinterest.

According to TechCrunch, Sjogreen also worked on Facebook’s on-site app platform and enhanced authorization dialog.

As for his future plans, or lack thereof, Sjogreen told TechCrunch:

I’m going to force myself to actually take some time off and then see where things go from there. I will almost certainly start something again, but other than that, no concrete plans.

And he shared this announcement with his friends on Facebook, according to TechCrunch:

Today I announced that I’m leaving Facebook. The last two years here have been an amazing experience, and I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from some of the smartest product and business leaders that are alive today. Mark, Sheryl, Chris, Bret, Dan, Mike — it’s because of you that I came to Facebook, and I appreciate the privilege of being part of the company you have built more than I can express.

I’m planning to take some time off to be with my family, clear my head, and plot my next adventure. It’s a hard day for me to say the least — I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart, and I’m excited to be starting something on my own again, but I will miss all of you at Facebook tremendously. Don’t be strangers.

Readers: Where do you think Carl Sjogreen will end up, and who do you think will step into his role at Facebook?