Kevin Colleran, Facebook’s longest-tenured staff and its first advertising salesperson, has just announced that he will be leaving the site early next month to take some time off.
Colleran said that he will remain involved in the industry, with advisory roles at Causes, My Basis and Buddy Media. "I also hope to eventually do some additional angel investing as well as potentially some consulting, public speaking, and non-profit work,"he added.
"My journey at Facebook has been incredible and I am very grateful for Mark, Sheryl [Sandberg], and the rest of the team for giving me such an amazing opportunity,"Colleran said in an email. "I take a lot of pride in having been Facebook’s most tenured employee (after Mark) as well as the first member of Facebook’s advertising sales team.”
Colleran has served at Facebook for six and a half years. David Kirkpatrick described him as "a gung-ho cold caller who could get in almost any door". During his successful time with the company, Colleran organized the McConaughey promotion, and also put together Facebook’s first big ad deal.