The NY Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin hears that Facebook is talking with former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about a comms position that he would take in preparation for the social network’s 2012 IPO. Compensation for the job could be in the millions of dollars and Gibbs would report to Elliot Schrage, VP for global comms, who went to Facebook from Google in 2008. But, the story says, “the discussions could collapse.”
Just over a week ago, it was announced that The OutCast Agency co-founder Caryn Marooney was heading to Facebook to serve in a new position, director of tech communications. Politico says former Bill Clinton press secretary and Glover Park Group founder Joe Lockhart is also in the running for the Facebook job.
Sorkin writes that the company is building a comms team because it’s getting loads more attention from Washington and as a result of the Oscar winner The Social Network, which is putting “increasing pressure on the company communicate better with the public about its products and its policies.”
But what about Obama?
As the Times story and PRNewser contributor Jason Chupick point out, Gibbs was to help President Obama with his re-election campaign. “I thought you kinda needed Axelrod AND Gibbs to get ‘er done, no?” reads Chupick’s emailed political analysis.
With talks still in the early stages, there seems to be no word on how this would change President Obama’s game plan. Besides, before he gets to 2012, he’s got a big speech to deliver tonight.