Facebook's Dex Torricke-Barton takes off for top comms role at SpaceX

Torricke-Barton, who also previously worked at Google and the U.N. secretary general's office, will join SpaceX next month.

Dex Torricke-Barton
Dex Torricke-Barton

HAWTHORNE, CA: SpaceX has hired Facebook executive comms manager Dex Torricke-Barton to lead communications.  

He will join SpaceX as senior director for communications in May, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. Torricke-Barton was not immediately available for comment about the job change, but announced the news in a Facebook post.

"SpaceX's journey towards our multi-planetary future involves solving some of the hardest engineering and intellectual challenges of our time," he wrote in the post. "As someone who grew up devouring science fiction before making a career telling stories, it was impossible to pass up the chance to tell this one."

After four years at Facebook, I'm thrilled to be taking on a new challenge. Next month I'm joining SpaceX to lead...

Posted by Dex Torricke-Barton on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

He added that he will relocate to Los Angeles from San Francisco for the role.

Vanessa Chan, who oversees Facebook’s corporate communications, confirmed Torricke-Bartonis left the company at the end of March for the SpaceX job.

"Facebook has a robust communications and executive communications team, so that team will continue to operate the way it has," Chan told PRWeek, via email, when asked if Torricke-Barton will be replaced as executive comms manager.

Torricke-Barton joined Facebook four years ago. He has led the social network’s executive comms team, working across a broad range of areas including crisis, product, policy, financial and internal communications, as well as developing the company’s thought leadership and strategic narratives, according to his LinkedIn profile.

"When I joined Facebook in 2012 to build the executive communications team, I had no idea that I would come to learn so much from so many amazing colleagues," Torricke-Barton said in his Facebook post. "Thank you for showing me what it's like to reach for the stars every day."

Before Facebook, Torricke-Barton was an executive speechwriter for Google and a speechwriter and spokesperson for the office of the United Nations secretary-general.

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