Amazon’s top Communications Chief Executive Jay Carney to Join Airbnb as its Head of Policy

Amazon has witnessed a series defections in the past few months since Andy Jassy succeeded founder Jeff Bezos as CEO in the summer of last year.

Jay Carney, the top communication and policy executive at Amazon and a former White House spokesman, has been appointed the chief for policy and strategy at Airbnb which is yet another notable shift for Amazon in the face of an evolving consumer landscape and increased regulatory scrutiny.

Carney who was the press secretary of the president Barack Obama, will be joining Airbnb’s leadership team and will be working with the cofounders and chief executive Brian Chesky, the company announced in a blog entry.

“Jay has held positions at the top levels of government as well as technology, and has served as a strategic advisor to the President, as well as for one of the biggest technology companies around the globe,” Chesky said in the announcement.

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Carney plans to be part of Airbnb on September 1st at Washington, DC.

Amazon was witnessed a several exits after Andy Jassy succeeded founder Jeff Bezos as its CEO in the summer of. In the month of July, Dave Clark, the chief executive of Amazon’s Consumer business, who led a massive expansion of Amazon’s logistics operations and left the company following 23 years. Clark is expected to join the logistics company Flexport in September He is replaced Doug Herrington, another executive who played a key role in the launch of Amazon Fresh in 2017.

Carney began his career at Amazon around seven years ago. He was the head of Amazon’s global corporate affairs department which was directly accountable to Amazon’s CEO. Carney was responsible for Amazon’s policy and public relations, with a particular focus on the relationship between the company and lawmakers as well as in particular the White House.

Carney was the White House press secretary from between 2011 and 2014, after having served as director of communications under the Vice-President at that time, Joe Biden.

Amazon has not yet responded to an inquiry for comments.

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