Amid All the New Hires, a Few Early Facebook Employees Slip Out the Door

Facebook is busy hiring in the US and around the world, notably pulling in engineering and product leaders from Google and other companies around Silicon Valley. But a few well-known employees, especially early ones who have vested, are no longer with the company. Here’s a closer look at the recent departures:

Aaron Sittig — Few employees have had a bigger impact on Facebook’s look and feel over the years. Sittig, a veteran of Napster, joined Facebook in May of 2005 and led the design team’s work with large and small site changes, from the news feed to tagging. He is listed as the co-author on four of Facebook’s patent applications, including the systems and method for dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network, generating a social timeline, tagging digital media, and dynamically generating segmented community flyers.

Ruchi Sanghvi — A long-time Facebook engineer and product manager, Sanghvi was Facebook’s first female engineer, she led the launch of the news feed and new home page, the development of much of the platform, and key products including Profiles and Notes. She’s also on a few Facebook patent applications as a result of her work, including the system and method for dynamically providing a news feed about a user of a social network, providing dynamically selected media content to a user of an electronic device in a social network environment, and generating dynamic relationship-based content personalized for members of a web-based social network.

Chris Putnam — A college student when Facebook launched, he landed an engineering job at the company by hacking the site — when Facebook engineers talked to him about it, his explanations helped convince them to hire him. Starting in April of 2006, he was a key engineer in a variety of areas, including security and products like Photos and Video. And in his honor, if you type “:putnam:” in Facebook chat, you’ll generate a special emoticon.

Monica Keller — A recent arrival, Keller (now Wilkinson) had joined Facebook in February after years of holding key engineering roles at rival MySpace. At the company, she was an open source and web standards program manager. Now, she’s left for a more hands-on product role, serving as the director of engineering at Socialcast, a company that provides activity streaming and microblogging tools for businesses. Her job will not take her far away, as she’ll be leading the integration of Facebook’s platform features for the company.

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