Facebook's Top US Policy Expert Takes On Economics Role

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Kevin Martin, Facebook’s US policy chief, will transition to a new role at the head of the social media giant’s global economic policy team, according to Axios. The move, which was first spotted by Politico Playbook, leaves a vacancy at the core of Facebook’s policy team, which the company plans to fill via an external search.

In a note seen by Axios, Facebook's Republican global head of public policy Joel Kaplan told employees, "For economic policy, the areas of strategic investment in 2021 will be in competition — where we need to continue to build a comprehensive global policy strategy — as well as in IP/media, commerce and financial services."

Martin, a Republican, is a former Federal Communciations Comission (FCC) commissioner who served as the commission’s chairman from 2005 to 2009. After his stint at the FCC, he was a partner and co-chair of the telecommunications practice at an international law firm. Martin joined Facebook in 2015 as vice president of mobile and global access policy and assumed the top policy spot in 2018. He also serves on the board of directors of Corning.

Martin’s transition to the economic policy team comes as the power dynamic in Washington DC changes. Facebook’s next US policy chief could be a Democrat as the recent election has placed Democrats in charge of both the White House and both chambers of Congress.

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