What could be more prestigious than being President Obama's press man. Well how about a top job at Facebook? Robert Gibbs is said today to be thinking over a multi-million offer.
The job offer is reportedly ahead an initial public offering planned for Facebook in early 2012. This could value the network at more than $60 billion, making it the largest offering in history.
The talks with Mr Gibbs are still at an early stage and no formal offer has been made, insiders said. The discussions could still break down.
Mr. Gibbs left the White House last month after two years on the job. Originally he had been planning to help with President Obama’s re-election campaign before going to work in the private sector.
Facebook, however, is said to want Mr. Gibbs to consider the job more quickly.
"A job for Mr. Gibbs at Facebook could be worth millions of dollars," said the Times.
"People briefed on the talks said that he would receive a cash salary as well as shares ahead of the initial offering."
Mr. Gibbs has been reportedly been seeking the advice of former White House colleagues about whether he should take the job.Mr. Gibbs and a spokesman for Facebook declined to comment to the Times.While Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s co-founder, often acts as the public face of the company, Mr. Gibbs may be able to help communicate the company’s message in the media, to investors and policy makers.
The job is based at Facebook’s headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. Mr Gibbs would work under Elliot Schrage, Facebook’s vice president for global communications, who came came to the network in 2008 from Google.