Earlier this month, the Financial Times reported on its official Twitter’s account that the Facebook company has hired the former leader of the UK’s former third largest political party — Nick Clegg of the middle ground Liberal Democrats — to head up global policy and communications. A few days later, Facebook officially announced that Nick Clegg is joining Facebook as VP of Global Affairs and Communications, as reported by Facebook’s Chief operating officer (COO) Sheryl Sandberg on her official Facebook account.
As explained by Sheryl Sandberg:
“He is a thoughtful and gifted leader who has served as a Member of the European Parliament, a British MP and Deputy Prime Minister of the UK, and understands deeply the responsibilities we have to people who use our service around the world.”
— Financial Times (@FinancialTimes) October 19, 2018
Sir Nicholas William Peter Clegg was born 7 January 1967 in Chalfont St Giles, England. He is a British ex-politician turned lobbyist and public relations officer in his role as Vice-President, Global Affairs and Communications at Facebook. Before joining Facebook, Clegg served as Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2015 and as Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 2007 to 2015. Clegg also served as a Member of Parliament (MP) for Sheffield Hallam from 2005 to 2017 and has been associated with both socially liberal and economically liberal policies. Additionally, Clegg was educated at the University of Cambridge, the University of Minnesota, and the College of Europe. He served as a journalist for the Financial Times before becoming a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 1999. Nick Clegg came to succeed prior global policy and communications chief, Elliot Schrage, who has been in post for a decade and is staying on as an advisor.
In the same context, TechCrunch confirmed that Clegg will accompany his family to live in California in the New Year and his official title will be VP, global affairs and communications and he will start his new career on Monday. It also mentioned that the Cambridge Analytica data scandal was the main motive to hiring Nick Clegg, that’s why Sandberg and founder Mark Zuckerberg were both deeply involved in the hiring process, beginning discussions with Clegg over the summer. On the other hand, Nick Clegg expressed on his official Facebook account his excitement and happiness to join the Facebook company and considered this opportunity as an exciting new adventure for him.
As explained by him:
“Having spoken at length to Mark and Sheryl over the last few months, I have been struck by their recognition that the company is on a journey which brings new responsibilities not only to the users of Facebook’s apps but to society at large. I hope I will be able to play a role in helping to navigate that journey.”