Bolstering suspicions that Facebook plans to go public, the social networker said Tuesday it hoped to replace outgoing Chief Financial Officer Gideon Yu with someone who has experience at a public company, the AP reports.

Yu, who came to Facebook in 2007 after working at Yahoo! ( YHOO) and YouTube, the sale of which he negotiated with Google ( GOOG), also had been CFO of NightFire Software (acquired by NeuStar ( NSR)) and had worked at Disney ( DIS), Hilton, and DLJ / CSFB, according to Facebook's executive profile page.

According to the AP, Facebook praised Yu's performance and said the company is well-positioned to grow.

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