Ling has a Ph.D in computer science from Stanford University. He created and ran Google Checkout, and Google SMS which lets you perform a Google search via text messages on your cell phone.
He’s not the only employee to go to Facebook. Gideon Yu, who was the Chief Financial Officer of YouTube, also went to Facebook where he’s now their CFO.
The higher Google stock goes, the more enticing it is for employees to cash out and leave. More of their top talent could be heading out the door.
In June, two other high-level Google engineers, Bret Taylor and Jim Norris, left Google to join the venture capital firm Benchmark Capital.