Last month, Facebook announced that longtime General Counsel Ted Ullyot was on the way out. And today, the company has announced his replacement.
Taking over for Ullyot will be Colin Stretch, a three-year veteran of the company. He will serve as Vice President and General Counsel. He will officially assume the role on July 5th and will oversee Facebook's entire legal and security teams.
“Colin has been an instrumental leader on the Facebook legal team and has earned the trust and confidence of management, the Board of Directors and our entire company. We are very excited to have him as our new General Counsel,” said Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. "Colin’s appointment is a testament both to his abilities and to Ted's leadership. Ted built a strong team at Facebook that we have grown to depend on for world-class counsel, which made promoting from within our company the clear and best choice."
Stretch had served as Facebook VP and Deputy General Counsel since February of 2010. Before that, Stretch was a partner at Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel in Washington DC for over 10 years.
Facebook says that Stretch was instrumental in a variety of high-profile legal battles, including Facebook's litigation with the Winklevoss twins as well as the company's 2011 settlement with the FTC.
“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,” said Stretch. “This is an extremely talented group of lawyers, and an awesome responsibility. I can’t wait to get started.”