Millions of dollars a year just to say “I’ll have to check on that and get back to you” or “all the information you need is in that story in USA Today”? It’s good work if you can get it — that is, provided Robert Gibbs gets it.
From the New York Times:
Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obamaâ€™s former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the companyâ€™s communications, people briefed on the negotiations said.
Facebook is seeking out Mr. Gibbs ahead of an initial public offering planned for early 2012, these people said.
The talks are still at an early stage and no formal offer has been made, these people said, adding it remained possible that the discussions could collapse.
A job for Mr. Gibbs at Facebook could be worth millions of dollars. While details of his potential compensation package have yet to be discussed, people briefed on the talks said that he would receive a cash salary as well as shares ahead of the initial offering. Facebook is being valued by some investors at more than $60 billion and could be the largest offering in history.
The NYT story said that Gibbs originally intended to help Obama with his re-election campaign before getting a job in the private sector. Who says he can’t do both? There are millions and millions of Facebook users in the US alone — tell me Team Obama isn’t frothing at the mouth at the prospect of having a highly placed Hope & Change agent working there.