Former Dutch-British politician gets top spot on Meta

Nick Clegg will report directly to Zuckerberg.

Nick Clegg, Britain’s former deputy prime minister, will take on a bigger role at the top of Facebook’s parent company Meta Platforms. The former British politician is already the most important policy director in the American group.

From now on, as ‘president for global affairs’, he will also report directly to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who insiders say wants to focus more on technology and new product development.

Clegg, who has a Dutch mother and speaks Dutch fluently and without an accent, chose a career at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park a few years ago. He served on behalf of the Liberal Democrats in the UK government between 2010 and 2015, along with Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron. Clegg is also deputy prime minister as party leader.

Because of Clegg’s promotion, Zuckerberg may have to defend himself more publicly in the future about, for example, the scandal involving Facebook. He could then leave more to Clegg, though Zuckerberg as CEO would still be the one to come to Washington if the US Congress asked for an explanation on things.

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