John Tenanes

John Tenanes is the vice president of global facilities and real estate at Facebook, where he is in charge of the social media juggernaut’s physical workplace footprint.

This includes 730,000 square feet that the company plans to occupy at Manhattan’s converted Farley Post Office building near Penn Station and the 1.5 million square feet it took at Hudson Yards in late 2019, never mind the main 57-acre Facebook campus in Menlo Park, Calif., and various other spots around the country.

Tenanes started at Facebook in 2010 after a career in architecture and design, including stints at Gensler and Sun, where he worked on workplace buildouts for Silicon Valley firms and older technology stalwarts, such as IBM and HP.

A 1979 Wentworth Institute of Technology graduate in architecture, Tenanes was Facebook’s pointman on return to office in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. He caused a stir in spring 2021, when he told Commercial Observer that the company was committed to its physical office space, but that it still intended to shift a significant portion of its workforce to remote work.