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Facebook VP of communications is heading to Netflix

Facebook VP of communications is heading to Netflix

After a year at the company, Facebook vice president of communications Rachel Whetstone is heading to greener- or in this case - redder pastures. 

Whetstone will join the ranks of Netflix as chief communications officer, after spending a year as an exec working with the WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger brands. Prior to that, she worked at Uber. Whetstone also spent a decade at Google which concluded in a communications-based role.

Netflix let go of its previous CCO, Jonathan Friedland, back in June. Friedland was fired for liberal use of racial slurs in company meetings. 

Continued success

“Rachel is a proven communications leader and a strong addition to the Netflix team. Her deep knowledge and international expertise will be invaluable as we bring Netflix and its expanding lineup of original content to an increasingly global audience.” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement.

Whetsone herself added: “I’m so excited to be joining Netflix and being part of this amazing company’s story."


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.