Facebook’s secretive Building 8 equipment lab is losing its boss.
Regina Dugan, who left Google’s Advanced Technology and Project group to lead Building 8, announced that she will be leaving the social network at the beginning of 2018 to “focus on building and preceding a brand-new endeavor.”
The onetime DARPA chief didn’t say what she would be doing post-Facebook, but said here move was a “difficult decision” for her. At Improving 8, which she joined in 2016, she extended some of Facebook’s most experimental hardware endeavours, including its “brain computer boundary project.”
In a separate announcement obtained by Recode , Dugan said “the timing looks right to step apart, ” from the group she assembled a year and a half ago.
“There is a tidal transformation going on in Silicon Valley, and those of us in this industry have greater responsibilities than ever before, ” she said. “The timing experiences right to step away and be purposeful about what’s next, thoughtful about new ways to contribute in times of disruption.”
Her sudden leaving — and accounts surrounding it — have also raised questions about what internal ingredients may have led to her decision to leave.
It’s not clear who will oversee Building 8 immediately, but Dugan’s departure comes just longtime Facebook exec Andrew “Boz” Bosworth was moved from leading Facebook’s ads business to overseeing all its equipment efforts, including virtual reality and Building 8.