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Facebook may hire former Obama aide Robert Gibbs: Report

Facebook is seeking out Robert Gibbs ahead of an initial public offering planned for early 2012, The New York Times reported. However, talks are still in the initial stages.

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Social networking site Facebook may hire Robert Gibbs, former Obama aide, for a senior role in helping to manage the company's communications.

"Facebook is in talks to hire Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former White House press secretary, for a senior role in helping to manage the company's communications," The New York Times reported citing sources.

Facebook is seeking out Gibbs ahead of an initial public offering planned for early 2012, the report noted. The talks are still at an early stage and no formal offer has been made.

Gibbs, who left the White House in February after two years on the job, had been planning to help establish President Obama's re-election campaign before taking a private sector job.

Facebook, however, is pressing Gibbs to consider the job quickly, the daily pointed out.

According to the publication, a job for Gibbs at Facebook could be worth millions of dollars. He would receive a cash salary as well as shares ahead of the initial offering.

Facebook is being valued by some investors at more than $60 billion and could be the largest offering in history.

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