McDonald's adds another White House alum to comms roster

Cabrera will report to former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

OAK BROOK, IL: McDonald’s has hired Burson-Marsteller worldwide VP Jano Cabrera as its SVP of US communications, global media, and public relations.

He will join the fast-food giant on October 15.

Cabrera will report to Robert Gibbs, McDonald’s global CCO and EVP and former White House press secretary.

Like Gibbs, Cabrera has worked for a Democratic administration. He was the assistant and later deputy press secretary for Vice President Al Gore from 1998 and 2000, according to his LinkedIn profile.  

Before joining Burson-Marsteller, Cabrera was a principal at Carthage Communications and a senior media adviser at the National Democratic Institute, as well as national spokesman for the Democratic National Committee.

His campaign experience also includes more than a year as deputy communications director and national spokesman for Joe Lieberman’s presidential campaign in 2004 and deputy national spokesman for Gore’s White House bid four years earlier.

McDonald’s named Gibbs to its top communications role in June, following his tenure as founding partner of the Incite Agency, based in Washington, DC. He was White House press secretary from the beginning of the Obama administration to February 2011.

A Burson-Marsteller representative was not immediately available for comment.

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