Facebook Says General Counsel Ted Ullyot Leaving Company

May 10 (Bloomberg) -- Facebook Inc.’s general counsel Ted Ullyot is leaving the company after helping to guide the social-networking service through an initial public offering a year ago.

“Ted has been a valued member of Facebook’s leadership who built our legal team through an intense five-year period in which we faced complex and high-stakes legal issues of all types,” the Menlo Park, California-based company said today in an e-mailed statement.

Ullyot has been Facebook’s vice president, general counsel and secretary since October 2008, regulatory filings show. Previously, he was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and served as chief of staff at the U.S. Justice Department and as a deputy assistant to President George W. Bush.

His exit follows the departure of several Facebook employees since the company held its IPO in May 2012. Blake Ross, product director, left earlier this year. Senior executives Katie Mitic and Ethan Beard said in August that they were leaving.

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