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Monday, July 14, 2014, 05:08 pm PT (08:08 pm ET)

Apple's new PR chief may be former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, report says

A report on Monday revealed former White House press secretary Jay Carney is not only in the running to take on a job for a communications and public relations expert at Uber, but also for a similar role at Apple.


Former White House press secretary Jay Carney. | Source: WhiteHouse.gov


With Apple's longtime PR chief Katie Cotton now in retirement, Apple is on the prowl for a replacement and Carney is in the running for the position, reports Re/code.

According to the report, Carney is also being considered for a position at Uber, which is currently seeking a communications expert with political chops to help in its fight against the deeply entrenched taxi industry. During an interview earlier in May, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick infamously called the company's opponent "an asshole named Taxi."

Kalanick is now reportedly talking with high-profile political figures with a strong background in government to fill the communications role, which will apparently be key in uprooting the taxi industry and replacing it with upstart Uber.

As for Carney, the former Time Washington bureau chief recently stepped down as President Barack Obama's press secretary in June after having served three years in office. Prior to his time as press secretary, Carney served as head of communications for Vice President Joe Biden.

Apple has been without a head of PR since Cotton left the company in May after announcing her retirement earlier that month. At the time, it was speculated that either Steve Dowling or Natalie Kerris — both of whom have been at Apple for more ten years — would be Cotton's successor.