Facebook is shaking up its policy communications team as the company deals with aggressive pushes for regulation and seemingly endless privacy-related controversies.
Matt Steinfeld, currently Facebook’s director of policy communications, will leave the company after six years for a position at SoftBank, a company spokesman said. Meanwhile, Director of Communications Robert Traynham will leave the team to move elsewhere in Facebook, and Emmanuel Evita, who manages economic and social impact communications, will leave the company. Andrea Saul will replace Steinfeld and run the team from Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park. Ms. Saul, who’s been at Facebook since 2016, previously worked on Mitt Romney’s campaign for president.
The changes, which haven’t been previously reported, follow the announced departures last month of two other communications executives who left the team but are still at the company. And last October, former U.K. deputy prime minister Nick Clegg replaced Elliot Schrage as Facebook’s VP of global affairs and communications.