Meta, the Facebook parent company, has announced that its Ireland boss Rick Kelley is to leave the social media firm.

Mr Kelley was announced as the head of Meta in Ireland in February last year and took up the role in April 2022.

He joined the company in 2009 as one of Meta Ireland's first employees as Director of Sales for EMEA.

In 2021, Mr Kelley took up a new role as the Global Vice President of Meta’s Gaming and App Monetisation Solution division.

"This was not an easy decision, but over the holidays, when contemplating "what’s next" for my career, I was most excited by the prospect of taking a break," Mr Kelley said in a Facebook post.

"In every step of my career, I’ve given my full energy and it’s time to recharge my batteries," he added.

"After 14 years, I have made the difficult decision that the time has come for me to leave Meta and I’ll be wrapping up in the next couple of months," he wrote.

Paying tribute to Mr Kelley, Nicola Mendelsohn, Meta Vice President of the Global Business Group, said he had made a profound impact in building and leading both regional and global teams at Meta over the past 14 years.

"As one of Meta's first employees in Dublin, he is leaving behind a long-lasting legacy," Ms Mendelsohn said.

"We wish him every success in his future endeavours," she added.

Meta employs around 3,000 people directly in Ireland and a further 6,000 people support its services here.

Global job cuts announced in November 2022 resulted in around 300 Irish-based staff being made redundant.

More job losses at Meta could be announced this week according to media reports.