Former White House press secretary and N.C. State alumnus Robert Gibbs is in talks to join Facebook, the New York Times reported, citing unnamed sources.
The social networking site is interested in hiring Gibbs for a senior communications role as it prepares for a possible initial public offering in early 2012, the paper reported. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is often the public face of the company, may be interested in having help communicating his message to the media and investors.
Gibbs, who left the White House in February after two years on the job, had been planning to help establish President Obama’s re-election campaign before taking a private sector job, the Times reported.
Facebook, however, is pressing him to consider the job more quickly, according to people briefed on the negotiations, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the conversations were supposed to remain confidential.
A job for Gibbs at Facebook could be worth millions of dollars. Facebook is being valued by some investors at more than $60 billion and could be the largest IPO in history.
In recent weeks, Gibbs has consulted several of his former White House colleagues about whether he should take the job, including David Axelrod, President Obama’s former senior adviser, who is helping to head a re-election team, the Times reported.
Gibbs and a spokesman for Facebook declined to comment.
Gibbs has recently held talks with a number of other companies, the Times reported. His name has also been floated as a possible chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Politico reported.
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