Facebook Hires Former UK Deputy PM as Head of Global Affairs
CBJ — Facebook has hired former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs and communications team.
The hiring of Clegg is an attempt by the world’s largest social media company to combat a number of scandals related to privacy, fake news and election meddling.
The appointment makes Clegg, former leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats and deputy to David Cameron in the 2010-2015 coalition government, the most senior European politician ever in a leadership role in Silicon Valley.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg were closely involved in the hiring process, and started talking to Clegg over the summer.
The 51-year-old Clegg succeeds Elliot Schrage and will report to Sandberg out of the main California office.
He was ousted as deputy prime minister after the Conservatives won a majority in 2015 in an election that saw his Liberal Democrats suffer a significant loss of support.