Facebook Hires Veteran Political Staffer Joe Lockhart as New VP of Global Communications

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By Sara Inés Calderón Comment

Facebook has hired second-term Clinton administration press secretary Joe Lockhart, AllThingsD reported yesterday. He’s going to work as Facebook’s new vice president of global communications, starting in July.

He’ll also be working alongside another former White House staffer, Marne Levine, who recently joined to lead Facebook’s worldwide lobbying efforts.

Both will report to Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s long-time vice president of global communications, marketing and public policy. Schrage will in turn increase his focus on technology and policy issues going forward; his official comment on Lockhart’s hire, below.

Joe’s arrival brings new skills and greater depth to our incredibly busy team. 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. His experience launching and scaling a communications firm will help us as we seek to build our team and continue to offer great opportunities for growth and professional development.

Lockhart is set to move to California following his daughter graduates from high school in Washington, D.C., according to the report. After leaving the White House, he founded and worked as managing director of the Glover Park Group, a well-respected consulting firm in the capitol.