Facebook CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) Gary Briggs announced Monday he is leaving the company to, among other undertakings, advise the Democratic Party ahead of the elections in 2018 and 2020.
With a storied career at places like eBay, Google, IBM, Pepsi, and Motorola, Briggs is now taking his apparent talents to the political world to help Democrats with presumably some sort of political strategy.
He will also be working with other companies in an advisement role, showing that his retirement may not be the usual kind.
“I’m going to pursue some advisory work for a few companies and hopefully join a few boards,” Briggs wrote on a personal Facebook post, while tagging his children and spouse. “I’ll explore teaching a bit. We’re going to travel some and start to split our time in and out of the Bay Area and Seattle. And I plan to help the Democratic Party on some efforts leading up to the US midterms this year through to 2020.”
Briggs is already an advisory board member of multiple organizations and businesses like Lending Club and Lagunitas Brewing Company, according to his LinkedIn page.
Brigg’s departure is somewhat telling for two primary reasons. First, as Recode pointed out, not many executives of such high internal status have left Facebook as their appears to be a tight-knit group of leaders — unlike some other tech companies.
Also, many accuse Facebook and other big tech companies of having a liberal bias, often because the higher-ups espouse liberal ideals. In fact, executives at Google, for example, donate more to Democrats than Republicans. (RELATED: Facebook Exec Tells Employees To Boycott Air Travel Over Trump’s Immigration Ban)
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