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Former Obama press secretary Jay Carney leaves Amazon for Airbnb

July 23 (UPI) -- Jay Carney, the former White House press secretary under President Barack Obama, will leave Amazon for Airbnb, the vacation rental company announced Friday. Carney served as the White House press secretary from 2011 to 2014 after two decades as a political journalist with Time Magazine. He joined Amazon as senior vice president of global corporate affairs in 2015, serving as the company's chief spokesperson.
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Jay Carney, Amazon's top policy exec, leaves for Airbnb

NEW YORK (AP) — Jay Carney, the top policy and communications executive at Amazon and one-time White House spokesman, has been named the head of policy at Airbnb, marking another high-profile departure for Amazon as it faces a shifting consumer landscape and heightened regulatory scrutiny. Carney, who served as the press secretary for President Barack Obama, will join Airbnb’s executive team and work with co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, the San Francisco-based home-sharing company said in a Friday blog post. “Jay has worked at the highest levels of both government and technology, serving as a strategic counselor to the President, and at one of the largest tech companies in the world,” Chesky said in the post. Carney will join Airbnb in September in Washington, D.C.