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Facebook has promoted its engineering veep Mike Schroepfer to the job of chief technology officer.

The role had been left vacant since June 2012 when Bret Taylor quit the free content ad network within weeks of the company's public debut on Wall Street to do his own biz thing.

Schroepfer now steps into Taylor's shoes, after working at Facebook since 2008 when he joined Mark Zuckerberg's firm from browser-maker Mozilla.

A Facebook spokesman said that one-time Sun Microsystems' man Schroepfer played a "unique and important role" at the network.

He recently claimed that London was "rapidly emerging as a global technology hub". Late last year Facebook finally decided to hire a handful of engineers in Britain after previously only having salespeople on its books in the UK. ®

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