White House Press Secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in 2011 in Washington.
Where do you go after serving as the spokesperson for the most powerful person in the world? For Jay Carney, the answer may be to rep a tech company.
Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary who resigned in late May, has talked withUber's CEO about an opening to run communications, according to a report in Re/code. Carney's name is also reportedly "being bandied about" to fill an opening running PR for Apple.
Reps for Uber and Apple did not immediately respond to our request for comment.
Travis Kalanick, Uber's CEO, has previously characterized the multibillion-dollar ride-hailing startup as being in a political battle, as it confronts the taxi industry and faces regulatory battles in various cities throughout the world. Hiring Carney or a former political player like him could help with that effort.
For Apple, the move would be a bit more surprising.For Apple, the move would be a bit more surprising. Katie Cotton, Apple's longtime PR head, announced her departure from the company in early May. Cotton is credited with helping former Apple CEO Steve Jobs construct a veil of secrecy around the company.
One previous report noted that Apple CEO Tim Cook was leading the search for Cotton's replacement and looking for a candidate who "could put a friendlier, more approachable face on Apple's public relations efforts."
Unlike Carney's previous positions with the White House — and, before that, as a reporter atTime magazine — serving as head of Apple PR typically hasn't exactly been a speaking role. It's been more a matter of deciding who warrants a "decline to comment" and who merits even less. But perhaps with Carney, Apple would think differently about PR.
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