Facebook reportedly hired Chris Weeldreyer, an ex-Apple UI design manager, to become the social networking giant’s product design manager. Weeldreyer had reportedly worked for Apple for eight years. Inside Facebook says that Weeldreyer could have been directly recruited, hopefully not pirated, by Facebook, citing that Facebook did not have a public listing of the job before. However, TNW notes that Weeldreyer joined Facebook on June 18, just four months after he left Cupertino.
Weeldreyer previously worked on designing its iWeb and Numbers software and also named in a number of patent applications registered to the company. He cites Industrial Design, Interaction Design, and User Interface Design as his key strengths on his Linkedin profile. Over at Facebook’s “Careers” section, a job advertising for a Product Design Manager is posted, where it says that the chosen candidate will lead a team of designers.
Meanwhile, TechCrunch is saying that Facebook has confirmed the hiring saying “We’re excited to welcome Chris Weeldreyer to Facebook, where he will be a great addition to our growing design team.” The publication added that Weeldreyer, as the product design manager, will reportedly focus on Facebook’s mobile products.
So, assuming that the reports above are true, will he be working on a tighter Facebook integration with iOS 6? Or will he be helping out in designing a smartphone, as previously reported?