Facebook Vice President and General Counsel Ted Ullyot is leaving the social network after nearly five years on the job.
"Ted has been a valued member of Facebook's leadership who built our legal team through an intense 5-year period in which we faced complex and high-stakes legal issues of all types. We wish him the best of luck in the future," Facebook spokesperson Tucker Bounds said in a statement to CNET.
Ullyot, a Harvard graduate,as the company's in October 2008 and was one of the then young company's first "grown-ups."
The executive leads Facebook's legal team and has served as the company's first line of defense against an expanding onslaught of litigious parties, including the one-time , the disgruntled Winklevoss brothers, and more recently shareholders over how Facebook handled its initial public offering.
Before Facebook, Ullyot was a partner at Washington D.C. law firm Kirkland & Ellis. He also served as general counsel for AOL Time Warner Europe and worked in the White House as a deputy assistant to former President George W. Bush.
Update, 2:45 p.m. PT: With comment from Facebook.