Top Communications Exec Elliot Schrage Is Leaving Facebook

He joined the social network from Google in May 2008

Elliot Schrage will soon bid goodbye to 1 Hacker Way
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Facebook vice president of communications and public policy Elliot Schrage announced that he is leaving the company.

Schrage, who celebrated his 10-year anniversary with the social network last month, will remain with Facebook until a replacement is named, a spokesperson said, after which he will serve as an advisor to CEO Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg.

Schrage joined Facebook in May 2008 after serving as vp of global communications and public affairs at Google.

Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner of Recode reported that vp of global communications and public affairs Caryn Marooney and vp of communications for WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger Rachel Whetstone will lead the communications team in the interim, while vp of global public policy Joel Kaplan will helm the policy side of things.

Schrage said in a statement, “After more than a decade at Facebook, I’ve decided that it’s time to start a new chapter in my life. Leading policy and communications for hyper-growth technology companies is a joy, but it’s also intense and leaves little room for much else. Mark, Sheryl and I have been discussing this for a while.”

Sandberg added, “Elliot is one of the most creative and strategic people I have worked with. He’s been instrumental in building our policy and communications teams, as well as pushing many of our key initiatives, including the recent publication of our community standards, data about our effectiveness enforcing those standards and the creation of an independent election commission. Mark and I look forward to his ongoing advice over the years ahead.”