Facebook Vice President of Corporate Communications Joe Lockhart will become the latest high-profile executive to depart the social network, with Politico reporting that he will return to the East Coast and begin consulting.
Lockhart, who served as White House press secretary under former President Bill Clinton, spent nearly 15 months with Facebook, and he will likely continue to consult for the social network, one of his friends told Politico, with a Facebook spokesperson telling Politico:
Joe ultimately came to the decision that he didn’t want to leave the East Coast, and obviously, we understand that decision … His roots on the East Coast are very deep.
Lockhart recently attended both the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention for Facebook, and Politico reported that he remained in Washington, D.C., but made frequent trips to the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
Lockhart, whose departure date has not yet been announced, will become the latest member of the list of Facebook executives who have left the social network since its May 18 initial public offering, joining:
- Designer Ben Blumenfeld
- Platform Marketing Director Katie Mitic
- Mobile Platform Marketing Manager Jonathan Matus
- Director of Platform Partnerships Ethan Beard
- Director of Product Management Carl Sjogreen
- Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor
- Director of Corporate Communications and Public Policy Barry Schnitt