Facebook hires Bill Clinton's former press secretary Joe Lockhart

Facebook has hired Joe Lockhart, a former press secretary for President Bill Clinton, to oversee its policy, international and corporate communications.

White House experience: Joe Lockhart
White House experience: Joe Lockhart
Lockhart will join Facebook on 15 July as vice president of global communications, relocating from Washington to California to take up the post. He was a founding partner in the public affairs firm Glover Park Group after leaving the White House in 2000.

This is the third appointment of a Washington insider for Facebook, which hired two former President George W. Bush officials in May.  

Lockhart will report to Elliot Schrage, VP of global communications, marketing and public policy. He stated: ‘His experience building and running a press office at the White House gives him particular appreciation for the demands of a global 24-hour news cycle and the challenges of responding effectively to intense scrutiny.’

Sophy Tobias, head of PR & communications, UK & Ireland, told PRWeek: ‘Facebook faces the same sort of scrutiny and 24/7 news cycle as any political campaign or government and so we naturally turn to people who have experience with the intensity of coverage, the pace of reporting and the need for thoughtful communications under pressure.’

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