It’s an open-and-shut case for Facebook’s top lawyer.
Colin Stretch, Facebook’s General Counsel, announced on Tuesday afternoon that he would be leaving the social network by the end of the year.
In a Facebook post, Stretch said that the company’s legal team needed a leader that was based at Facebook’s headquarters. Stretch has been based in Washington, DC for “several years,” he said in his post.
“As Facebook embraces the broader responsibility Mark [Zuckerberg] has discussed in recent months, I’ve concluded that the company and the Legal team need sustained leadership in Menlo Park,” Stretch wrote.
Stretch has testified to Congress on multiple occasions on behalf of Facebook,during the 2016 US presidential election. Stretch was in charge of Facebook’s investigation into Russian election interference, where nation-state sponsored trolls .
He first joined the company in 2010, serving as a senior member of its legal team. The accomplished lawyer was behind Facebook’s and led the in the same year.
It’s been quite a year for Stretch, as well as Facebook. The company is facingwhile lawmakers continue to . In March, , where the UK-based firm misused data obtained on millions of people.
Stretch isn’t the only Facebook executive who’s left the company after the turmoil. In June, Facebook’s long-time head of policy and communications, Elliot Schrage, said. In April, WhatsApp’s founder Jan Koum said .
In a response to Stretch’s post, Zuckerberg wrote, “Thank you for the wise counsel you have provided, and for your dedication to Facebook over the years. The work that goes into supporting our mission comes in many forms, and over the past eight years, you and your team have accomplished so much in protecting the people who use our services.”
It is unclear who will replace Stretch. Facebook did not respond to a request for comment.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook is conducting a search for his replacement.