SEATTLE—Amazon is unifying oversight of PR and public policy under the leadership of former White House press secretary Jay Carney, Politico is reporting.

According to Politico, the hire will see Carney take on the role of SVP of worldwide corporate affairs next week. He is expected to split his time between Amazon's Seattle HQ and its Washington, D.C. office.

Amazon global communications VP Craig Berman will now report to Carney, as will VP for global public policy Paul Misener.

Carney was White House press secretary for three years before stepping down in June 2014. Before that he was director of communications for vice president Joe Biden.

Carney previously served as Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, a post he held from September 2005 until December 2008, after joining the magazine in 1989.