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Facebook Hires Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin

New vice president of mobile and global access policy

Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has left lobbying firm Squire Patton Boggs to join Facebook’s policy team.

Martin was a commissioner from 2001 and 2009, and chairman from 2005 to 2009 under former President George W. Bush.

He has been a consultant to Facebook for two years and the company has now hired him full-time as vice president of mobile and global access policy, citing his tech policy experience, including his “creativity and vision,” according to Facebook vice president of global policy Joel Kaplan.

Facebook also announced that Erin Egan, its chief privacy officer, will lead the Washington office as vice president of public policy.

Facebook, like other tech firms, has stepped up its lobbying presence; the company spent $9 million last year lobbying Congress, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.