Facebook has hired Joe Lockhart, who served as press secretary during President Bill Clinton's second term, as vice president of global communications.
The 51-year-old Lockhart will start on July 15 in his new post. He will move to California from Washington, D.C.
Facebook, the world's largest online social network, has been padding its ranks with Washington insiders as it grows. Recently the company hired two aides of former President George W. Bush as lobbyists.
Lockhart has also worked as a TV journalist on CNN, NBC News and Sky Television of London. He founded Glover Park Group, a communications firm.
At Facebook, he will report to Elliot Schrage, vice president of global communications, marketing and public policy.