Joanna Shields Joins Facebook as Head of EMEA

Joanna Shields, who was instrumental in Bebo’s sale to AOL for $850 million in 2008 has joined Facebook as head of EMEA operations. Technically, she’ll be vice-president of sales and business development for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

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The current vp of EMEA, Blake Chandlee, was the first Facebook employee in London. He will be vice-president of sales for emerging markets. He will focus on Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.

I’m not sure how he will manage the Latin American market for Facebook from Europe, but that’s something that they’ll need to figure out. No word on if he speaks Spanish or not, but I would hope that Facebook thinks that speaking Spanish would be an important skill to have if you intend to grow the brand/ usage in Latin America.

This post is based on reports from The Guardian UK.

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