John Pinette
John Pinette

John Pinette, who worked for Microsoft co-founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates, has joined Facebook as VP-global communications.

He takes over for Caryn Marooney, who announced plans to quit in February.

Most recently, Pinette was VP-marketing & communications at Vulcan Inc, the philanthropic, technology and business platform of Allen.

Earlier, he headed communications for Gates Ventures, served as Asia-Pacific PR lead for Google, worked in various PR jobs at Microsoft and handled external PR for Pershing Square Capital Management hedge fund.

“John’s deep understanding of the technology industry and his experience leading communications teams will be invaluable to helping us communicate the work we do at Facebook every day,” COO Sheryl Sandberg said in announcing the hire.