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Facebook Poached This Influential Yahoo Exec

Alex Stamos, Yahoo's chief information security officer, announced on his Facebook page Wednesday that he's leaving to take a similar post at Facebook.

"The Internet has been an incredible force for connecting the world and giving individuals access to personal, educational and economic opportunities that are unprecedented in human history," Stamos wrote. "These benefits are not without risk, and it is the responsibility of our industry to build the safest, most trustworthy products possible."

He added: "This is why I am joining Facebook."

The post generated over 800 likes on the social media service he'll soon be working for.

Stamos had served as Yahoo's top cybersecurity officer and was with the company for a little over a year. He succeeds Joe Sullivan, who left Facebook in April to join ride-share startup Uber.

Check Out How Facebook’s Fancy New Digs Compare to Their Old HQ

An aerial of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park CA on the San Francisco Bay.
Main Headquarters: An aerial of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA on the San Francisco Bay.Steve Proehl—Corbis
An aerial of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park CA on the San Francisco Bay.
An aerial view of Facebook's new campus, an expansion of its current headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. The LEED-certified building, known as MPK 20, has a 9-acre "green roof."
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The roof of the new campus contains a half-mile walking loop for employees and over 400 trees.
Buidling 10 stands on the Facebook Inc. campus in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Dec. 2, 2011.
The new Facebook headquarters, known as MPK 20, opened this spring
Facebook employees are shown on the campus in Menlo Park, Calif., Friday, March 15, 2013.
The lobby of the new campus is entered from the roof.
A general view of the outdoor lunch and relaxtion area at the old Facebook main campus in Menlo Park, California on May 15, 2012.
A view of the MPK 20 roof at night, which is topped by a massive garden
A Facebook Inc. employee works on a laptop computer at the company's old campus in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Dec. 2, 2011.
Facebook employees took to Instagram to show off parts of their new digs, such as this artwork in the MPK 20 building.
A Facebook employee walks past The Facebook Wall at the old Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. on March 15, 2013.
Colorful artwork adorns many of the walls at Facebook's new campus.
The desk is staffed inside the lobby area of the old Facebook Inc. campus in Menlo Park, California, U.S., on Dec. 2, 2011.
The Frank Ghery-designed staircases are designed to be bring in lots of natural light, as opposed to the claustrophobic stairwells of traditional office buildings
Main Headquarters: An aerial of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, CA on the San Francisco Bay.
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