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Oculus VR News | August 11, 2022

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Facebook Hires Apple Veteran Michael Hillman as Head of Oculus Hardware

Facebook Hires Apple Veteran Michael Hillman as Head of Oculus Hardware

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FRΛNK R.

Facebook, the parent company of Oculus VR, has hired former Apple senior engineer and design lead, Michael Hillman, to oversee the development of its next-generation consumer VR products as the Head of Oculus Hardware.

During his 15-years at Apple, Hillman helped to develop several of the tech giant’s most popular consumer products such as the iMac, and worked his way through the ranks to eventually become the chief architect for all of Apple’s desktop computers. Prior to joining Oculus, he also spent a little over a year serving as a vice president at Zoox Inc., a robotics startup company.

Hillman will be working closely alongside Hans Hartmann, Oculus’ chief operating officer, who joined the company last year after serving as COO at Fitbit. According to Bloomberg, the job listing for the position that Hillman has now filled stated that the person hired for the role would be in charge of setting and executing the strategy for Oculus’ consumer product roadmap.

“We’re excited to have him leading the hardware organization,” an Oculus spokesperson told Fortune. “We have a world-class hardware team that led the development of Rift and Touch, and we’re going to keep investing in hardware as we push the boundaries of VR technology and build next-generation consumer VR products.”

Hillman’s hire comes not long after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recruited another notable name, former Google and Xiaomi executive Hugo Barra, as VP of virtual reality and to lead the Oculus team.