Facebook hires former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart

PALO ALTO, Calif.

The social media company has tapped Lockhart to be its vice president of global communications.

It's been seeking a Washington heavy-hitter for its communications team for months.

Lockhart, who ran the White House press office during President Bill Clinton's second term, is expected to leave Washington to work at Facebook's headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif.

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