Facebook has hired former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg as VP of global affairs as well as also communications, a company spokesperson confirmed to CNBC.
Clegg replaces Elliot Schrage, who announced his departure as head of communications as well as also global policy in June after about 10 years at the company. Clegg, who will report to Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg, starts his job on Monday. He will work via London for the first few months as well as also move with his family to California early next year.
“Our company will be on a critical journey. The challenges we face are serious as well as also clear as well as also today more than ever we need brand-new perspectives to help us though This particular time of change,” Sandberg said in a statement on her Facebook page.
Facebook said Schrage will remain at Facebook as an advisor. that will said Sandberg as well as also CEO Mark Zuckerberg first met with Clegg within the summer.
that will’s notable that will Facebook tapped someone via outside the company for the job. Facebook features a reputation for promoting a tight circle of executives close to Zuckerberg as well as also Sandberg.
Clegg addressed as much in conversations with Facebook’s top executives, he told the BBC.
“I said to them, if you’re prepared to let me into the inner circle, within the black box, as well as also me give real authority, then I’m interested,” Clegg said according to the BBC.
The company will be seeing increasing pressure in Europe over user-privacy issues. The European Union’s stricter guidelines for collecting as well as also storing user data, dubbed GDPR, took effect in May. Facebook could today face its first challenge under the restrictions, after a September security breach affected approximately 3 million Europeans.
As vice president of global affairs, Clegg will also be in charge of grappling with Facebook’s growing number of PR crises around privacy, election meddling as well as also security. His hiring at Facebook could fill one of several notable vacancies among the company’s top ranks.
“Having spoken at length to Mark as well as also Sheryl over the last few months, I have been struck by their recognition that will the company will be on a journey which brings brand-new responsibilities not only to the users of Facebook’s apps yet to society at large. I expect I will be able to play a role in helping to navigate that will journey,” Clegg wrote in a post on his Facebook page Friday.
Clegg will be the former leader of the centrist Liberal Democrats party within the U.K. He shot onto the scene in 2010 when his party joined the Conservatives in a coalition that will ushered in austerity after the financial crash of 2008. Clegg also allowed student fees to rise on his watch, which increased the cost of college tuition, after promising not to do so during his election campaign. This particular damaged his political career as well as also hurt the Liberal Democrats at the next election. He will be also a known Europhile who was against Brexit as well as also speaks multiple languages.
— CNBC’s David Reid as well as also Matt Clinch contributed to This particular report.