Meta has promoted former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to Chairman of Global Affairs, reporting directly to CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
“Nick will now lead our business on all of our policy matters, including how we interact with governments when they consider adopting new policies and regulations, as well as how we publicly defend our products and our work,” Zuckerberg said in a blog post. post announcing the move on Wednesday. He added that Clegg would now be “level” with himself and Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg, before adding that he “would now report directly to me as well as Sheryl.”
Clegg joined Facebook in October 2018 as head of corporate policy and communications. In that role, he was instrumental in creating Facebook’s external oversight board of academics, experts, journalists and politicians who guide its decisions on removing content, defended controversial policies of the company on political speech and have shaped its policies on coronaviruses.
Before joining Facebook, Clegg had been the leader of Britain’s Liberal Democrats. He served as Deputy Prime Minister under Prime Minister David Cameron from 2010 to 2015, in a coalition government with the Conservatives, before losing his seat in the 2017 general election.
Zuckerberg said the Clegg promotion “will allow me to focus more of my energy on leading the business as we build new products for the future.”
In his own article on promoting Clegg, Sandberg said, “The next few years will be a crucial time for our company and our industry, as new rules for the Internet are written around the world, and as we begin our journey to help build the metaverse.”
Sandberg also said David Ginsberg, vice president of product, choice and competition at Facebook, will become the company’s new head of communications and public affairs.
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