Facebook Names New Vice President and General Counsel

Facebook  (NASDAQ: FB  ) has appointed a new Vice President and General Counsel to manage the company's legal and security departments. Currently the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Colin Stretch will begin his new position on July 5. 

Since joining the company in 2010, he has led many of Facebook's notable legal initiatives. According to Facebook, in 2011, he served as a lead negotiator for the company's settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. He also led the appellate victory in the Winklevoss case. 

Stretch brings experience from outside the technology sector. Most recently, he was a partner at Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel in Washington, D.C. In the past, he clerked for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Laurence Silberman. Graduating from Dartmouth, he earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Stretch was quoted as saying:

Helping advance Facebook's mission of connecting the world is at the center of our team's work, and I look forward to the opportunity this new role represents. This is an extremely talented group of lawyers, and an awesome responsibility. I can't wait to get started.

Stretch will replace Ted Ullyot, who had held the position since October 2008. Ullyot previously announced his intention to leave the company on May 10.

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