Today is Jay Carney’s first day at Amazon where he will fill the newly created post of Senior Vice President for Worldwide Corporate Affairs. Politico.com reports, “The new position brings the e-commerce giant’s worldwide public relations and public policy shops into one department under Carney. He’ll split his time between Seattle HQ and the D.C. office, where Amazon veteran Paul Misener will continue to run the company’s lobbying efforts.” The former White House Press Secretary who succeeded Obama’s first PR man Robert Gibbs in 2011 and served in the position for close to three and a half years went on to a Senior Political Analyst role on CNN before making the exit to Amazon.
The New York Times points to a growing trend of high-profile D.C. insiders migrating to the tech sector:
Technology companies are pouring money into lobbying as the industry seeks to extend its influence, and brand-name figures are signing up to lead the efforts.
Uber, the fast-growing ride-hailing service, hired David Plouffe, who ran Mr. Obama’s 2008 campaign. Susan Molinari, a former congresswoman, runs Google’s lobbying shop. Mark Penn, a veteran of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaigns, is at Microsoft. Lisa Jackson, Mr. Obama’s former Environmental Protection Agency chief, works for Apple. Last year, Apple reportedly considered Mr. Carney for a senior post.