Press Release 27 Oct 2009

Company Expects to Double Size of Dublin Operations in 2010

Dublin, Ireland – October 27, 2009 - Facebook and Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade & Employment, Mary Coughlan TD today announced that the company plans to more than double the size of its operation at the official opening of Facebook’s new EMEA headquarters in Dublin.

Today’s announcement builds on our experience in Ireland over the past year and the success of our EMEA business. Our new EMEA headquarters will enable us to better address the often complex advertising, cultural and lingual elements of our global business.David Ebersman, Facebook Chief Financial Officer

Facebook’s European operations have been headquartered in Dublin since October 2008 and the office has grown to more than 70 employees.  Facebook is increasing its investment in order to scale its operations across the EMEA region and support its users and advertisers as the company grows.  The company expects to double the size of its operations within the next year and is hiring across several functions including user operations, online operations, advertising sales, advertising campaign delivery, finance and engineering.  Job applications can be accessed at www.facebook.com/jobs

The Tanáiste, who officially opened Facebook’s new EMEA headquarters on Hanover Quay said, “I am delighted to announce Facebook will grow its international operations, increasing its commitment to Ireland. This is an exciting investment for our country, hosting the leader in social networking. Facebook has fast become a worldwide name, and it is a fabulous endorsement that Ireland can satisfy the needs of such highly innovative and technologically advanced companies as they make critical investments. With our highly skilled workforce, we look forward to continuing to provide the talent and resources to help Facebook grow as a global leader.”

Speaking at the announcement, Colm Long, Director, Online Operations, Facebook said:  “With over 300 million users worldwide, we are making further investments in our EMEA headquarters in Dublin to provide our users and advertisers with the very best support and experience possible.  The skilled talent pool available to us in Ireland has helped us match the growing needs of our users and advertisers across the EMEA region”.  

Facebook Chief Financial Officer David Ebersman added, “Today’s announcement builds on our experience in Ireland over the past year and the success of our EMEA business. Our new EMEA headquarters will enable us to better address the often complex advertising, cultural and lingual elements of our global business.”

Barry O’Leary, CEO IDA Ireland added, “Ireland has always been attractive to innovative global leaders and I’m delighted that a leading international brand name like Facebook has chosen to invest further. This is an endorsement of the advantages Ireland continues to offer to global multinational companies and highlights the skills and competencies of the Irish to deliver competitive advantages in creative ways.”

Millions of people around the world use Facebook everyday to communicate more easily and share information with friends, family and coworkers. Already in Ireland there are over 1 million users, and more than 300 million users around the world.

About Facebook
Founded in February 2004, Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment. Facebook is a privately-held company and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

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