Robert Gibbs Could Go From Obama to Zuckerberg, Work at Facebook Ahead of IPO


Former Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, a longtime adviser to Barack Obama, is “in talks” to work in a senior communications role at Facebook, Andrew Ross Sorkin reports at the New York Times‘ DealBook blog. Gibbs’ role would lend the company some press savvy legitimacy ahead of the company’s massive initial public offering, expected in early 2012, at as much as $75 billion. What incentive would Gibbs have to go from one stressful job to another? Stacks of cash. Plus valuable shares!

After two years in the Obama White House, Gibbs said he would set-up Obama’s re-election campaign and then move to a private sector job, but Facebook money is Facebook money and Gibbs’ salary alone “could be worth millions of dollars.”

According to DealBook, Gibbs consulted with his former White House colleagues about the position, David Axelrod included. Gibbs is also being considered as a new chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

The Facebook job, though, would mean a move to Palo Alto, California, where he could where flip-flops behind the podium.

Facebook May Hire Robert Gibbs, Former Obama Aide [NYT]