CRN adds White House insider to its annual meeting docket

WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Wednesday announced that former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs will be a featured speaker at The Conference, CRN’s annual symposium for the dietary supplement industry.

“Robert Gibbs is a talented and seasoned communications professional who helped President Obama shape his message while in the Senate, on the campaign trail and most recently in the White House," stated Steve Mister, CRN president and CEO. "His familiarity with the president, his expertise on numerous critical policies currently being discussed in Washington and his lengthy record of success make him uniquely qualified to speak to attendees."

Gibbs will provide his thoughts on the current political environment and share his insider perspective on the inner workings of the Obama administration, CRN stated. Gibbs also will discuss recent changes to healthcare laws and other important issues he worked on throughout his tenure in the White House.

Gibbs was the 28th White House press secretary, working for President Barack Obama. He was the communications director for then-U.S. Sen. Obama and Obama's 2008 presidential campaign. Prior to joining Sen. Obama’s team, Gibbs was press secretary of John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign and has previously specialized in Senate campaigns, having served as communications director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and for four individual Senate campaigns, including those of Obama in 2004 and Fritz Hollings in 1998. Gibbs also was the press secretary of former Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-N.C.

Gibbs left his White House position in February 2011 and currently is working as a senior strategist to the Obama/Biden 2012 re-election campaign.

The Conference takes place Oct. 19 to 22 at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.