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."
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.