Bret Taylor Becomes Facebook's CTO

In what is a new role at Facebook, Bret Taylor has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Bret will report directly to Mark Zuckerberg and will not manage anybody. The full details were provided in a letter from Mark Zuckerberg to the company’s staff, as published on Techcrunch.

Bret helped run FriendFeed, which was eventually acquired by Facebook. I rank him among other leading “Developer Kings” in the Valley in that he is not only an extremely talented engineer but he’s also an effective communicator. The CTO position was previously held by Adam D’Angelo who left the company and created Quora. It looks like Mark Zuckerberg has successfully replaced one extremely talented software engineer with another one.