Erik Hawkins

Erik Hawkins leads Facebook’s Technology, Telecommunications, Government, Healthcare and Retail business teams in North America, and helps companies and organizations use Facebook to inform, influence, and educate millions of people each day.

Previously, Erik was co-founder and CEO of Grind Media, an outdoor and adventure sports publisher that reached tens of millions of users monthly on its media properties and via partnerships with Yahoo, Microsoft and other major media companies. In 2010, Grind Media was acquired by Source Interlink, a global publisher of over fifty enthusiast publications. Erik also co-founded PureVideo, an innovative digital video platform, built local search technology as SVP of Product & Strategy at IAC’s Citysearch, and packaged music marketing programs at Yahoo! Music.

Erik began his career as a Russian interpreter in the U.S. Army, where he was recognized for both military intelligence and humanitarian aid contributions. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife and two young daughters.