Bret Taylor Named New Facebook CTO

Bret Taylor is becoming Facebook’s first chief technology officer, the company announced internally yesterday. Taylor most recently helped lead the development of key new Facebook products like social plugins, the Open Graph and the graph API.

Until now, he has been a product director focused on Facebook’s platform. A former Google product manager, he joined Facebook when it bought FriendFeed, a lifestreaming startup that he cofounded.

From the email sent out by chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to Facebook employees:

Today, Bret has just a couple of direct reports and gets things done by being a helpful source of advice and positively influencing decisions on a number of products. I’ve been talking with him recently about how he could play a similar role working with a few other areas to help shape our direction as well. Since Bret engages both in technical and product issues, I decided that creating a new CTO position outside of both engineering and product was the best way to formalize this new role.