Trying instances in Menlo Park, it appears: Amid assaults from all quarters largely centered on privateness, Facebook is shifting some higher administration round to higher defend itself. Its head of coverage within the U.S., Erin Egan, is returning to her chief privateness officer position, and a VP (and former FCC chairman) is taking her spot.
Kevin Martin, till very just lately VP of cell and international entry coverage, will probably be Facebook’s new head of coverage. He was employed in 2015 for that job; he was on the FCC from 2001 to 2009, Chairman for the final 4 of these years. So whether or not you favored his insurance policies or not, he clearly is aware of his approach round a roll of purple tape.
Erin Egan was chief privateness officer when Martin was employed, and at the moment additionally took on the position of U.S. head of coverage. “For the last couple years, Erin wore both hats at the company,” stated Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone in an announcement to TechCrunch.
“Kevin will become interim head of US Public Policy while Erin Egan focuses on her expanded duties as Chief Privacy Officer,” Stone stated.
No doubt each roles have grown in significance and complexity over the previous few years; one individual performing each jobs doesn’t sound sustainable, and apparently it wasn’t.
Notably, Martin will now report back to Joel Kaplan, with whom he labored beforehand throughout the Bush-Cheney marketing campaign in 2000 and for years underneath the following administration. Deep ties to Republican administrations and networks in Washington are most likely greater than somewhat useful today, particularly to an organization underneath fireplace from would-be regulators.