Amazon hires former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney will join Amazon on Monday as the digital retailer's senior VP for worldwide corporate affairs.

The newly-created position would combine the company's worldwide public relations and public policy departments into one, led by Carney. He will work from both the retailer's Seattle headquarters and its office in Washington, D.C., and Paul Misener will still run Amazon's lobbying efforts from the latter.

The move means that Carney will no longer act as a senior political analyst for CNN so that he can focus on his work with Amazon. Misener and Public Relations Chief Craig Berman will both report to Carney, who will answer to CEO Jeff Bezos directly.

With the upcoming election cycle the new job is no small shift for Carney, but his experience with politics and government could be put to good use as Amazon wrestles with legislative and regulatory issues, including its drone delivery efforts and sales taxes for digital retailers. Story