Next Move For Jay Carney: PR Head For Uber, Or Maybe Apple? Rumors Are A-Flying
So you used to be the press secretary for President Barack Obama. How could you possibly find a gig to top that one? Well, for Jay Carney, who resigned from his position in late May, he may soon land another stellar position, and one not perhaps entirely out of the political spectrum. According to Re/code, both Apple and Uber are looking for a new head of Public Relations, and it looks like Carney is on a list of contenders for both positions. Pretty cool, huh?
The former TIME magazine Washington Bureau Chief was allegedly recently contacted by Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to talk about the job. Kalanick is battling taxi unions and city councils, as the startup, which makes ride-sharing applications for smartphones, tries to break into even more cities. Uber will likely hire someone with a strong political background, and Carney could be the right man for the job.
As for Apple CEO Tim Cook, he's apparently been looking for someone since Katie Cotton left the technology giant in early May. Cotton is known for assisting the late Steve Jobs, along with keeping Apple's secrets under lock and key. And Carney could potentially be that "friendlier" face Apple is hunting for right now.
At this point, neither Apple nor Uber have commented on this latest news, and right now, neither company even has a head of communications. Plus, it's not like Carney has either job yet. In fact, we're yet to hear any comments from the 49-year-old, who is staying out of the limelight for the moment.
Carney, who served as President Barack Obama's press secretary for three years, also spent time as Vice President Joe Biden's head of communications before becoming Obama's press secretary. As Bustle previously wrote:
Even having served a mere three years, Carney was front and center throughout some tumultuous and challenging times, weathering one probing question after another on issues very sensitive for the administration — the Syrian civil war, the Arab Spring, the Benghazi consulate attack, the rhetoric of the 2012 presidential race.
He was also the focus of an intense amount of ire from conservative administration critics — and liberal ones, too. It’s a hard job to please people while doing Carney’s job, because the nature of the role is to appear to give information while actually saying as little as possible. It tends to foster an essentially combative relationship with the press, which was often evident throughout Carney’s tenure. In late 2013, he got into a simmering back-and-forth with ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.