Facebook announced today that Donald Graham, Chairman and CEO of The Washington Post Company and longtime advisor to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has agreed to take the fifth seat on Facebook’s Board of Directors.
Graham joins Zuckerberg, Ning co-founder Marc Andreessen, Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, and Peter Thiel of Clarium Capital and Founders Fund on Facebook’s Board.
Zuckerberg has publicly said for a long time that he trusts and respects Graham’s vision for building businesses for the long term. He added today,
“[Graham] has made The Washington Post Company one of the most valued and respected education and media companies while making society more open and understanding. What I most admire about Don is his commitment to build around this purpose – and not just a business. His decision to join our board means that Facebook will benefit from this insight and experience.”
Unlike Facebook’s other directors, Graham does not reside in Silicon Valley. He has worked at The Washington Post for 37 years, originally joining the paper as a reporter in 1971. He served as publisher from 1979 to 2000, has served as CEO since 1991, and was elected chairman of the board in 2000.