MENLO PARK -- Facebook on Friday promoted a veteran engineering executive, Mike Schroepfer, to the position of chief technology officer, filling a position that had been vacant since last summer.
Schroepfer, 38, has been vice president of engineering at the social networking company, where he oversaw development of the company's software infrastructure and its push to expand its mobile platform.
"Mike Schroepfer's new designation as Facebook's CTO reflects the unique and important role he plays across the company," Facebook said in a statement Friday.
Schroepfer, who joined Facebook about five years ago, is a popular and well-regarded manager at the company, where he's known by the nickname "Schrep." He previously worked as a vice president for engineering at Mozilla, where he oversaw product development for the Firefox Internet browser, and as an engineering executive at Sun Microsystems, after Sun acquired a software startup that he co-founded.
As the chief technology officer, Schroepfer is likely to assume a more prominent role within the company and as a spokesman for Facebook in Silicon Valley. His predecessor, Bret Taylor, was an influential figure who often represented the company at public events.
Taylor was one of several Facebook veterans who moved on after the company went public last spring. A veteran of earlier startups, Taylor said he left to work on launching another company of his own.
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