Former Clinton chief of staff joins Facebook board

Sep 07, 2011
Facebook announced Wednesday that Erskine Bowles, pictured in 2010, a former chief of staff to US president Bill Clinton, has joined the board of directors of the social network.

Facebook announced Wednesday that Erskine Bowles, a former chief of staff to US president Bill Clinton, has joined the board of directors of the social network.

Bowles, 66, was named by Clinton in 1993 to head the Small Business Administration and served as White House chief of staff from 1996 to 1998.

A former president of the University of North Carolina, Bowles recently served as the co-chair of President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

"Erskine has held important roles in government, academia and business which have given him insight into how to build organizations and navigate complex issues," Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said.

"Along with his experience founding companies, this will be very valuable as we continue building new things to help make the world more open and connected," Zuckerberg said in a statement.

Bowles described the Palo Alto, California-based Facebook, which has more than 750 million members, as a "transformative force in the world."

"I'm really looking forward to getting to work and helping Facebook however I can," he said.

The other members of Facebook's board are Zuckerberg, Marc Andreessen of Andreessen Horowitz, Jim Breyer of Accel Partners, Donald Graham, the chairman and chief executive of The Washington Post Co., Reed Hastings, the chairman and chief executive of , and Peter Thiel of Clarium Capital and the Founders Fund.

Thiel was an early investor in .

Explore further: Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Facebook names Netflix CEO to board

Jun 23, 2011

Facebook announced Thursday that it has named Reed Hastings, chairman and chief executive of US video giant Netflix, to the social network's board of directors.

Obama to answer questions at Facebook HQ

Apr 05, 2011

US President Barack Obama will answer questions submitted via Facebook during an appearance at the social network's California headquarters later this month, the White House said Tuesday.

Facebook hires former Clinton spokesman

Jun 15, 2011

Facebook announced on Tuesday that it had hired former US president Bill Clinton's spokesman Joe Lockhart to serve as vice president of global communications at the social network.

Recommended for you

Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS

21 minutes ago

Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities, ...

Apple helps iTunes users delete free U2 album

13 hours ago

Apple on Monday began helping people boot U2 off their iTunes accounts after a cacophony of complaints about not wanting the automatically downloaded free album by the Irish rock band.

Habitual Facebook users: Suckers for social media scams?

19 hours ago

A new study finds that habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media phishing attacks by criminals, likely because they automatically respond to requests without considering how they are connected ...

YouTube to go offline in India on Android phones

19 hours ago

YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said Monday.

Facebook vs. loneliness

23 hours ago

Are people becoming lonelier even as they feel more connected online? Hayeon Song, an assistant professor of communication at UWM, explored this topic in recent research.

User comments : 0