Facebook hires former Clinton press secretary

Joe Lockhart, who helped President Bill Clinton navigate the Monica Lewinsky scandal, will become the social network’s vice president of global communications.

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Lockhart served as press secretary to President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2000. He faced the White House press corps during the Monica Lewinsky scandal and Elián González incident.

In a statement sent to Mashable, Facebook said:

“Joe’s arrival brings new skills and greater depth to our incredibly busy team. His experience building and running a press office at the White House gives him particular appreciation for the demands of a global 24-hour news cycle and the challenges of responding effectively to intense scrutiny.”

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