PALO ALTO, CA: Former Facebook communications and public policy director Larry Yu has joined Silicon Valley venture capital firm Accel Partners as marketing partner.
Yu stepped into the role on January 20, reporting to chief operating partner Tracy Sedlock. He replaced Stephanie Ichinose, who departed last September to join Visual Supply Co. as VP of communications, according to her LinkedIn profile. Ichinose was previously Yelp’s senior director of comms.
Overseeing two staffers at Accel, Yu said he is responsible for all brand-related aspects of the firm, such as branding, events, and comms. He is also assisting its portfolio companies as needed.
"Accel is one of the strongest firms around, so I want to keep the firm in the mix when it comes to being able to talk to and invest in the right companies," he said.
Previously, Yu was a partner at The Pramana Collective since June 2013, working with clients and helping the firm's founders with various projects.
Before that, he worked at Facebook for nearly five years as director of corporate communications. He was responsible for corporate comms as Facebook transitioned from a private to public company.
Earlier in his career, Yu served as senior manager of product communications at Google, group VP at MWW, and manager of executive comms at Cisco.