Staff Reporters
Jun 15, 2011

Facebook hires former White House press secretary

GLOBAL - Facebook has hired Joe Lockhart as its vice-president of communciations. Lockhart was the White House press secretary during President Bill Clinton's second term.

Joe Lockhart, Clinton's former press secretary
Joe Lockhart, Clinton's former press secretary

During his term of service at the White House, Lockhart was chief spokesman and senior adviser to Clinton. He also handled the press during the former US President's impeachment trial.

Lockhart is the founding partner and managing director of The Glover Park Group, a public relations and political strategy firm. A veteran of multiple political campaigns, Lockhart was adviser to Senator John Kerry during his presidential bid in 2004, and held senior roles with the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign and in 1980 was regional press coordinator for President Carter's failed reelection bid.

According to the New York Times, earlier this year, Facebook held talks about a similar position with Robert Gibbs, current President Barack Obama's former press secretary. However the talks did not lead to any appointment.

 

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