Facebook's engineering director departs company

Josh Wiseman, a longtime Facebooker, said he wants to work on a "more tangible social problem."

Josh Wiseman, right, with footballer Tim Tebow at Facebook's office in March 2012. Josh Wiseman/Facebook

Facebook Engineering Director Josh Wiseman has departed the social network with the intention of tackling social problems, according to AllThingsD. Facebook confirmed Wiseman's exit to CNET.

The six-year Facebook veteran is joining the philanthropic-focused venture capital firm Social+Capital as an entrepreneur-in-residence.

Wiseman started at Facebook as an engineer in 2007 after intern stints at Apple and Pixar. Over the years, he climbed the ranks to manage some of the social network's most significant product releases, including Facebook Timeline. According to his LinkedIn profile, Wiseman also managed releases for Facebook flagship products such as photos, video, and chat.

"I've sort of developed a desire to work on a more tangible social problem -- like the health care industry -- that I don't think Facebook necessarily plans to tackle in the near term," Wiseman told AllThingsD.

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Jennifer Van Grove covered the social beat for CNET. She loves Boo the dog, CrossFit, and eating vegan. Her jokes are often in poor taste, but her articles are not.


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