Ken Patchett Becomes Prineville Data Center Manager

April 1, 2010 at 8:00am

We’re pleased to announce that Ken Patchett will be joining the Prineville community as the new manager of Facebook’s Prineville Data Center, effective immediately. Ken is in Prineville this week meeting with local community leaders.

Ken’s career has spanned disparate industries: from mechanical engineering in a pulp paper manufacturer, to rising through the ranks of Compaq and Microsoft, before being recruited by MSN to start their Network Operations team. Ken joins Facebook most recently from Google, where he led their data center in The Dalles from January 2006 along with setting up data centers for the company across the US and Asia.

“The people of Prineville have been so welcoming to Facebook and I look forward to working with the community going forward," said Ken Patchett. "With my previous experience in The Dalles, I have seen what the presence of a data center can do for a community and we look to have similar results here in Prineville. We have a lot to do to bring our energy efficient data center online early next year, and continue to be committed to hiring as many local people as possible to build and operate the facility.”

“Ken was a great member of our community and chamber, helping with economic development and bringing many new visitors into our area,” said Dana Schmidling, executive director of The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. “Ken is filled with innovative ideas, unceasing energy and optimism. He will be greatly missed here in The Dalles.”

Ken will continue to live in Hood River until his oldest son graduates from high school. He then plans to relocate to Central Oregon with his wife and two youngest children.

Ken’s Bio

Ken Patchett is the head of the Prineville Data Center for Facebook, where is responsible for the building and operation of the facility. He previously worked at Google, where he was the head of their data center in The Dalles, Oregon and helped open several data centers throughout the US and Asia. Early in his career, Ken worked at Microsoft and Compaq. He began his career with Acrowood, a pulp and paper manufacturer as a design draftsman. Ken studied mechanical engineering at New Mexico State University.