The Netly News reports tonight that Google Director of Product Management (eCommerce) and Stanford CS PhD Benjamin Ling is leaving Google to “head up the Facebook Platform”.
Ling is among at least several senior engineers known to have departed Google for Facebook in recent months. In July, former Google Product Manager Justin Rosenstein was outspoken about the prospects of making the move to Facebook.
Facebook is known to offer generous options packages to lure top engineering talent. With Google’s strong share price recently, it wouldn’t be surprising to see more make the jump in the coming months.