Top Facebook Designer Aaron Sittig Departs the Social Network. Now that is Real Event and Big News
By Evelyn M. Rusli
Aaron Sittig, the first designer at Facebook Inc. and a close friend of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, is leaving the company — again.
A Facebook spokesman confirmed Mr. Sittig’s departure on Wednesday: “Aaron was a valuable member of Facebook’s team and we wish him the best of luck.”
Mr. Sittig didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. It’s unclear what he’s leaving Facebook to do.
Mr. Sittig, who led the creation of the now ubiquitous “like” button and introduced friend photo tags, is leaving just two years after rejoining the company as “design strategy lead.” According to one person with knowledge of the matter, Mr. Sittig had become deeply involved in Facebook’s mobile projects over the past year.
Mr. Sittig was one of the earliest employees at Facebook, recruited in 2005 by Sean Parker, the former Facebook president, to help with the fledgling site’s design. Mr. Sittig briefly left the company in 2010, at a time when many early Facebook employees were leaving to build new startups or pursue other opportunities. He returned in February 2011.
In a sign of how close Messrs. Sittig and Zuckerberg have been, the Facebook CEO attended Mr. Sittig’s 2011 wedding.