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Facebook Nabs Brunswick’s Buckley for Top Communications Job

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Brunswick Group’s Michael Buckley, who has been working with Facebook on a range of corporate and other PR issues over the last several years, will be joining the social networking giant as VP of business communications.

Buckley is essentially taking the job held by well-known Washington, D.C., player Joe Lockhart, who left the company last fall.

In his new job, Facebook said that Buckley would be in charge of the company’s international, monetization, corporate, consumer and policy communications.

Buckley has been with the global strategy and communications consultancy Brunswick Group, one of Facebook’s outside agencies, for a decade, most recently as a U.S. managing partner, where he represented a number of clients at once. In tech, that has included Groupon’s Andrew Mason, as well as Mike Lynch of Autonomy, which is battling Hewlett-Packard right now.

At Facebook, he will report to Elliot Schrage, who is VP of communications and public policy, where Buckley will be one of three top execs in that organization. The others are VP of tech communications Caryn Marooney, and Marne Levine, VP of global policy.


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