Former DARPA & Google Exec Regina Dugan to Lead New Facebook Group

Regina Dugan

Regina Dugan, formerly advanced technology and products team lead at Google, has joined Facebook to lead the social networking site’s future advanced products development group, Forbes reported Wednesday.

Miguel Helft writes Dugan oversaw Google’s projects to develop modular smartphones, three-dimensional mapping devices and smart fabrics since 2012.

She will lead Facebook’s new team called “Building 8” and report to Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, according to the report.

“We will focus on ambitious [research and development] as a means to create breakthrough products,” Dugan told Forbes.

Dugan served as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency from 2009 to 2012 after she held a program manager role at DARPA between 1996 and 2000.

“I’m excited to have Regina apply DARPA-style breakthrough development at the intersection of science and products to our mission,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement, according to a Wired report.

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