Josh Earnest
Josh Earnest

Josh Earnest, who was President Obama’s press secretary, is joining United Airlines as senior VP & chief communications officer.

He joined the Obama team in 2007 as Iowa communications director, after serving as spokesperson for Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s short-lived presidential run. After eight-years in the White House, Earnest was promoted to press secretary in 2014.

Most recently, he worked as political analyst at NBC News and MSNBC.

Oscar Munoz, CEO of United, called Earnest a “proven leader and world-class communications strategies who has thrived when the stakes are the highest and the margin for error is the smallest.”

Earnest begins work at United on May 21.