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Facebook hires former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart

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June 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Facebook has hired former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart.

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.