Warner Bros. Discovery announced that Robert Gibbs has been appointed Chief Communications and Public Affairs Officer. In this newly created role, he will oversee WBD's corporate and business communications as well as public affairs.

An experienced and proven communications and public policy leader, Gibbs will officially assume the role on August 5 and report to David Zaslav, Chief Executive Officer. Gibbs most recently served as a Partner at Bully Pulpit International, a strategic communications, public affairs, and corporate reputation advisory firm. From 2015 to 2019, Gibbs served as the Executive Vice President for Corporate Relations and Global Chief Communications Officer for McDonald's, where he oversaw the company's global corporate communications, internal and executive communications, government relations and public affairs work.

At McDonald's, Gibbs globalized the communications function, led communications strategy for the company's successful launch of delivery service, and drove significant awareness of key strategic initiatives including improved food quality and the ?America's Best First Job? campaign. Prior to McDonald's, Gibbs held several senior communications and advisory roles in the Obama White House and his presidential campaigns.

He was the Obama Administration's first White House Press Secretary and an Assistant to the President from January 2009 to February 2011. Gibbs began working for Obama in 2004 as Communications Director for his U.S. Senate campaign. He held the same job in Obama's U.S. Senate office and during his 2008 presidential campaign.

After leaving the White House, Gibbs served as a Senior Advisor to President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.