The Republican National Committee has hired a senior Facebook engineer with a decade of experience in Silicon Valley to fill its newly created position of chief technology officer, The Huffington Post has learned.
Andy Barkett, 32, an engineering manager at Facebook and a California native, will head up the RNC's efforts to make the party more competitive in the digital realm, multiple sources told HuffPost. The RNC confirmed the decision on Thursday evening. One source called the decision to hire Barkett "a relatively speedy development." Barkett will split his time between Silicon Valley and Washington, sources said.