Facebook announced this morning that it has hired Mike Schroepfer, former VP of Engineering at Mozilla where he led the development of the Firefox web browser, as a new Director of Engineering with responsibility for leading front-end product and platform engineering.
Prior to Mozilla, Schroepfer was the CTO of Sun’s data center automation division (“N1″). There, Mike was made a Distinguished Engineer, one of Sun’s highest technical accolades. He joined Sun as part of its acquisition of CenterRun.
Schroepfer was likely courted to Facebook by Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt, the Mozilla co-founders who joined Facebook when it acquired their company, Parakey, last summer. Facebook continues to grow out its engineering team, and is investing heavily in building a top notch infrastructure – it went so far as to take out a $100 million loan to buy thousands more servers earlier this year.
Commenting on the hire, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “Mike has a lot of experience building great products and engineering teams. At Mozilla, he built Firefox 3 and manages the product development process — a particularly impressive position given the global, collaborative and open process in which Mozilla operates and develops its products. Facebook has similar values and Mike will be a great addition to our engineering team.”