Contest marks launch of Facebook’s presence in Hyderabad, calling on local artists to submit their original designs for the new space
Hyderabad, India – September 30, 2010: Facebook, the social service that gives people the power to share and make the world more open and connected, today announced the start of its operations in India as it officially opens the doors of its Hyderabad office. The office is already humming with an initial landing team from its headquarters in Palo Alto, California and a team of recent hires from India, who are all putting their talent, passion, and creativity to work by supporting the company’s growing number of users, advertisers, and developers in India and around the globe. The office is headed by a dynamic leadership team, includingKirthiga Reddy, Director of Online Operations and Head of Office India and Manoj Varghese, Director of User Operations.
To celebrate the opening of the new space in Hyderabad, Facebook launched an art competition, which asks local artists to submit their proposals for original designs to decorate the office space. Beginning today and continuing through October 22nd, 2010, artists can visit facebook.com/Facebook India to enter the contest. The winner will be announced on November 15th, 2010.
“In a very real way, Facebook is a meaningful home to our 500 million users around the world: it’s where people share their lives with their family, their friends, their colleagues, and their neighbors. As we open our office in Hyderabad, we want to create a space that is reflective of Facebook’s home in India by decorating it with designs from local artists,” said Kirthiga. “We are seeing a ton of momentum with our 15 million users, developers and advertisers right here India. It’s an incredible time to be starting our operations in India.”Speaking from Hyderabad, Don Faul, Director of Global Online Operations, said, “Facebook’s first official office in Palo Alto was decorated by a local artist from California’s West Coast. As we grow, it’s even more important that we complement our company’s traditions with new and fresh ideas. I look forward to visiting the office again in the coming months, not only to see the designs inspired by local artists, but also to welcome the talented team of professionals our leadership team is hiring and experience the Facebook culture that Kirthiga, Manoj, and the rest of the Facebook India team are building in Hyderabad.”
To learn more about Facebook’s operations, partnerships, initiatives, and special programs in India, visit the Facebook India Page atwww.facebook.com/facebookindia.
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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