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Facebook may hire former White House press secretary ahead of public offering

The social networking giant is said to be in talks with Robert Gibbs over a formal role with the company ahead of a possible stock market flotation.

Gibbs served as White House press secretary under President Barack Obama for just over two years.
Gibbs served as White House press secretary under President Barack Obama for just over two years.
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SOCIAL NETWORKING GIANT Facebook is reported to be in talks with former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs for a senior role to help manage the company’s communications.

The New York Times reports that Facebook is seeking out Gibbs ahead of an initial public offering planned for early 2012.

Such a job for Gibbs at Facebook could be worth millions of dollars as he would receive a cash salary on top of shares ahead of the initial offering.

Whilst considering the job offer, Gibbs has consulted several of his former colleagues at the White House where he worked for two years prior to leaving in February.

If he takes the job it is thought that Gibbs would move to California and give up a planned formal role in the re-election campaign for President Barack Obama.

For more information read this story by Andrew Ross Sorkin in The New York Times >

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