From Menlo Park to Mountain View

By David Cohen

55 mins ago

It’s out of the frying pan and into the fire for Rob Leathern, as he left one of the most scrutinized companies in the tech sector to join another one of the most scrutinized companies in the tech sector.

Leathern rang in the new year by tweeting Jan. 1 that his nearly four years at Facebook had come to an end Dec. 30, when he left his role as head of business integrity product management.

After almost 4 years, I made the difficult decision to leave Facebook, and 12/30/20 was my last day at FB. I’ve had a great experience in a difficult, fun, fast-growing and impactful role at the company working with amazing people. I was honored to call them colleagues! (1/12)

— Rob Leathern (@robleathern) January 1, 2021

He said in his tweet, “Working on business, ads integrity and trust at Facebook has been my most rewarding professional experience. While it’s been difficult and demanding work at times, the passionate and dedicated crew I worked with has accomplished a great deal in these last few years. What’s next? While I’m not going to be working on ads directly, it will be a part of what I work on as I will be staying in the tech/data/privacy space.”

Leathern is, indeed, staying in the tech/data/privacy space, tweeting Tuesday that he will join Google’s Privacy and Data Protection Office to lead product development, as vice president of product, privacy and data protection.

Some personal news! I’m happy to announce that I’m joining Google’s Privacy and Data Protection Office to lead product development. (1/5)

— Rob Leathern (@robleathern) January 12, 2021

He tweeted, “I’m looking forward to working with Google’s team of privacy and security engineers who are focused on building advanced protections into the products you use every day. That work is guided by the principles of treating your information responsibly, protecting it with automatic security and keeping you in control with easy-to-use settings.”

Leathern joined Facebook in February 2017 as director of product management after starting early Facebook Ads API (application-programming interface) partner Optimal.