Amazon Positions Itself for Net Neutrality With New Employee

Tech is the new hot destination for former politicos.

Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary for President Barack Obama, has joined Amazon as the senior vice president for worldwide corporate affairs, according to a reportfrom Politico on Thursday. In that role, he will report directly to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.


Reps for Amazon did not immediately respond to Mashable‘s request for comment.

Carney, a former Moscow correspondent for Time magazine, stepped down from his post in the Obama administration last May and was at one point rumored to be considering taking a top PR job at Apple. He later joined CNN as a political commentator in September, a role that he is now said to be forfeiting for Amazon.

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Carney joins a growing list of notable political figures who have shifted to the technology industry.Carney joins a growing list of notable political figures who have shifted to the technology industry. David Plouffe, another insider from the Obama administration, joined Uberlate last year to help shape the ride-hailing startup’s public image as it battles regulators and the taxi industry. Lisa Jackson, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, was hired by Apple in 2013 to serve as its top environmental advisor.To some extent, the move is not particularly surprising. The Obama administration has enjoyed strong relationships with many of these companies and much of the tech industry now offers a level of compensation and influence that rivals or surpasses that which former political figures could find through careers in media or lobbying.


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