Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Facebook has hired Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs

Facebook has hired Nick Clegg to lead its global affairs

Clegg (51) will move to Silicon Valley in January to succeed Elliot Schrage, the report here said. He's off to California in a new, and presumably well-paid, role as global affairs and communications chief at Facebook. It will also allay some recent fears that Zuckerberg had become too insular in ruling the firm with an iron grip, after he faced calls to step down as chairman earlier this week.

Clegg lost his seat in his student-heavy constituency of Sheffield Hallam in the 2017 United Kingdom general election, having held it since 2005 when he succeeded fellow Lib Dem Richard Allan - who also happens to work at Facebook, as director of policy in Europe. Sir Nick, a former European Commission trade negotiator, remains well-connected in Brussels, where regulators are taking a particular interest.

Several prominent executives have left the company in the previous year.

The move appears to mark something of a change of heart for the knight of the realm, who in 2016 said that he was "not especially bedazzled by Facebook" and found the "messianic Californian new-worldy-touchy-feely culture of the Social Network™ a little grating".

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In March, Facebook suspended Cambridge Analytica, a political data analytics firm, ffrom using its platform for violating the social media giant's data privacy policies.

Clegg said in a statement this afternoon: "As someone who has spent a lifetime arguing for Britain's wholehearted commitment to Europe, it is of course a wrench to be leaving the public debate at a crucial time in the Brexit process".

"I am delighted to be joining Facebook".

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