Brunswick's Buckley to join Facebook as comms VP

SAN FRANCISCO: Brunswick Group's Michael Buckley is leaving the agency for a top communications role at Facebook.

SAN FRANCISCO: Brunswick Group's Michael Buckley is leaving the agency for a top communications role at Facebook.

Buckley will join Facebook as VP of business communications, the social networking company said Thursday. Starting in March, he will be responsible for international, monetization, corporate, consumer, and policy communications. He will report to VP of communications and public policy Elliott Schrage.

“Many on our team have known and worked with [Buckley] for years — both at Facebook and in previous jobs. He is passionate about communications and brings a wealth of experience to Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson said.    

Buckley is US managing partner at Brunswick, also serving on the firm's executive committee. Since joining the firm in 2001, Buckley has worked with clients including Facebook, AT&T, Chevron, and Cisco on issues such as investor relations and M&A.

“The opportunity to work for a company that is literally changing the way the world connects is a remarkable one, and as a communicator I'm particularly drawn to the mission of making the world more open and connected. While leaving a rapidly growing and incredibly talented firm like Brunswick is never easy, I'm ecstatic that I will become a client,” Buckley said.

Prior to Brunswick, he served as senior MD and national director of the litigation group at Hill & Knowlton.

Joe Lockhart, former VP of global communications at Facebook, left the social networking giant last October. Glover Park Group, a firm he co-founded, said last week that Lockhart will return to the agency as a senior adviser.

After a turbulent IPO last year, Facebook reported a 40% revenue increase to $1.59 billion during the fourth quarter of 2012. Brunswick worked with Facebook during its IPO process.

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