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Executive Vice President and Global Chief Communications Officer
Robert Gibbs draws on his background as a leading communications and policy strategist to deliver clear and compelling messages about McDonald’s. He leads McDonald’s corporate relations teams, including corporate communications, government relations and external communications. His outside perspective is a valuable asset as McDonald’s strives to become a modern, progressive burger company.
Having worked with reporters and policymakers from around the world, even standing on the firing line with the White House Press Corps daily for more than two years, Gibbs brings experience from the highest level of the public arena. He was Press Secretary during President Barack Obama’s first two years in office, and served as a valued advisor to the President on policy and political matters critical to the Obama Administration. His campaign experience includes key roles in Obama’s presidential campaigns and Senatorial campaign, as well as a number of Senate races throughout the country.
Gibbs also has a deep understanding of the public issues impacting brands. Most recently, he co-founded and led The Incite Agency, a communications firm to help companies further their business goals and enhance their reputations. He was also a contributor to NBC News and a speaker for The Harry Walker Agency, Inc., the world’s leading speakers’ agency.
Gibbs earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from North Carolina State University.