Colin Stretch Promoted To Succeed Ted Ullyot As Facebook VP/General Counsel

By David Cohen 

Facebook named its successor to outgoing Vice President and General Counsel Ted Ullyot, promoting VP and Deputy General Counsel Colin Stretch, effective July 5.

Ullyot (left) is pictured congratulating Stretch (right) in a new Video on Instagram.

Ullyot announced his pending departure in May, having served as VP and general counsel since October 2008.

Stretch joined the social network’s legal team in 2010, serving as lead negotiator for its settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in 2011, leading the appellate victory against the Winklevoss twins, and leading the team that advises Facebook on potential legal issues concerning new products.

Prior to Facebook, Stretch was a partner at Washington, D.C.-based law firm Kellogg Huber Hansen Todd Evans & Figel, and he also served as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Laurence Silberman.

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said:

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

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 added:

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.