Andrew Hunter has joined Facebook in the newly created role of news partnerships lead. He will lead Facebook’s collaboration with Australia’s media networks and help with the local rollout of products specifically designed for the publishing industry.
Hunter was previously Microsoft’s market lead of information and content experiences.
Will Easton, Facebook Australia and New Zealand MD, said: “As Facebook’s role in Australia and New Zealand continues to evolve, it’s essential that we recruit the very best talent who will bring new ideas and insights to our current team.
“Andrew is our first news partnerships lead. He has a passion for storytelling and an expert understanding of the relationship between social and news networks. Facebook’s collaboration with media networks has continued to increase in recent years, and Andrew’s experience and vision will only enhance these relationships moving forward.”
The appointment follows a number of senior hires for Facebook over the past six months, including Kaylie Smith as Director of SMB Australia and New Zealand, Sophie Malloch as Lead General Counsel and a number of Creative Shop appointments, including Andy Simpson (Head of Creative Shop), Dan Walton and Karen O’Leary (Creative Strategists).