Could Former Obama Press Secretary Jay Carney Be Apple’s New PR Head?

Giuseppe Macri Tech Editor
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Former White House press secretary Jay Carney could be in the running to become Apple’s new public relations chief.

Apple eighteen-year veteran Katie Cotton announced she was leaving the company two months ago, and a recent Re/Code article suggests Carney, who is reportedly being considered for the same job at Uber, could be considered.

However, Jim Dalrymple of The Loop, who has “deep sources at Apple” according to Business Insider, said Tuesday that Apple CEO Tim Cook has never even met Jay Carney, and that he has not been included in Apple’s ongoing search to fill the role.

An earlier report indicated that Cook was leading the search, and looking for someone who “could put a friendlier, more approachable face on Apple’s public relations efforts” — a possible step back from the notorious culture of media secrecy established and fostered by Cotton.

Carney, who resigned from the Obama administration in late May, was formerly Time magazine’s Washington bureau chief, and reported for Time in Moscow during the collapse of the Soviet Union. He previously worked as a reporter for The Miami Herald.

The former press secretary, who took up the White House job in 2011, said he plans to spend the summer with his children before deciding on his next gig.

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