Marc Andreessen Joins Facebook Board of Directors

    PALO ALTO, Calif., June 30 /CNW/ -- Facebook today announced that Marc
Andreessen has joined its board of directors. Currently co-founder and
chairman at Ning, Andreessen is an investor in several Internet startups.
    "Marc is an industry leader, and we're fortunate to have him join our
board," said Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "He has experience that
is relevant to Facebook in so many ways: scaling companies that are
experiencing extraordinary growth, creating successful technology platforms,
and building strong engineering organizations. I know Marc will be a great
mentor to me and our leadership team."
    "Facebook is one of the most innovative companies on the Web and it's an
honor to join the board," said Andreessen. "I'm looking forward to helping the
team as Facebook continues to grow."
    A prominent Silicon Valley veteran, Andreessen co-founded Ning as a
complementary platform to Facebook that allows people to create their own
social network with any design, any feature set, and in any language. He also
authored early Web browser Mosaic and was co-founder of Netscape
Communications. Andreessen's experience also includes his work as CTO of AOL,
as well as chairman and co-founder of Web infrastructure company Loudcloud,
later named Opsware and acquired by Hewlett-Packard.
    In addition to Zuckerberg, Andreessen joins current Facebook board
members Jim Breyer of Accel Partners and Peter Thiel of Clarium Capital and
Founders Fund. Facebook board observers are David Sze of Greylock Partners and
Paul Madera of Meritech Capital Partners.
    About Facebook
    Founded in February 2004, Facebook is a social utility that helps people
communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. The
company develops technologies that facilitate the sharing of information
through the social graph, the digital mapping of people's real-world social
connections. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they
know in a trusted environment. Facebook is a part of millions of people's
lives all around the world. Facebook is a privately-held company and is
headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

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