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Gibbs Going to Facebook?

The NY Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin hears that Facebook is talking with former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs about a comms position that he would take in preparation for the social network’s 2012 IPO. Compensation for the job could be in the millions of dollars and Gibbs would report to Elliot Schrage, VP for global comms, who went to Facebook from Google in 2008. But, the story says, “the discussions could collapse.”

Just over a week ago, it was announced that The OutCast Agency co-founder Caryn Marooney was heading to Facebook to serve in a new position, director of tech communications. Politico says former Bill Clinton press secretary and Glover Park Group founder Joe Lockhart is also in the running for the Facebook job.

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OutCast’s Marooney Joining Facebook

Caryn Marooney, co-founder and CEO of The OutCast Agency, is joining Facebook in a newly-created position, director of technology communications, heading up outreach to engineers, technology influencers, bloggers, and other members of that community. She led the Facebook account for OutCast.

OutCast’s other co-founder, Margit Wennmachers, left the firm in June 2010 to join Andreesson Horowitz, a venture capital firm. The firm was sold to Next Fifteen for more than $10 million in 2005.

According to AllThingsD, Marooney has expressed confidence that “the firm was in good hands with its current team of top managers.” That team includes Alex Constantinople, partner and COO, who joined the firm just as it was rebranding late last year.

OutCast Communications Co-Founder Leaves Agency to Join Venture Capital Firm

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Margit Wennmachers, co-founder of Outcast Communications — a mid-size agency that handles high profile clients including Facebook and Yahoo — is leaving the agency to join venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz as a partner.

Reports Kara Swisher of AllThingsD, “The move will make her one of a handful of women at high-profile venture outfits.” Outcast co-founder Caryn Marooney will now run the agency, which was acquired by holding company Next Fifteen Communications in 2005.

UPDATE: PRNewser just spoke with Marooney, who said, “We are always looking for great smart people at every level, but we’re not looking to replace or add a partner at this time.” She also sees opportunity in the move. “Being close to the venture community is something we’ve always done. As long as we can provide the best service for [companies] it can definitely be a fun win win situation,” she said.

The agency continues to see growth, recently picking up work with online music portal Vevo. Facebook director of communications Brandee Barker is also very happy with the agency’s work. “Facebook loves Outcast,” she said this past November.

Andreessen Horowitz is an Outcast Communications client.