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Facebook names new General Counsel and VP of Global Communications

Christian Wylonis · April 23, 2019
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Facebook has announced that Jennifer Newstead will join the company as General Counsel, overseeing the company’s global legal functions, and John Pinette will join the company as Vice President of Global Communications.

Newstead currently serves as the Legal Adviser to the United States Department of State, overseeing work on all domestic and international legal issues affecting the conduct of US foreign policy. She succeeds Colin Stretch, who announced in July 2018 that he planned to leave. He will continue at Facebook through the summer to help with the transition.

Pinette brings over two decades of experience working in communications across global health, finance, innovation and technology – most recently as the VP of Marketing and Communications at Vulcan Inc, the philanthropic, technology and business organization established by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. He succeeds Caryn Marooney, who in February announced her plans to leave the company.

Both new hires will report to Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg.