December 2, 2016–President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced the formation of the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which will meet “frequently” with the president to discuss “how government policy impacts economic growth, job creation and productivity.” The first meeting of the forum will be held at the White House in the first week of February 2017. Mr. Trump named 16 members of the forum, none of whom figure prominently in the traditional telecom sector and only one of whom – Ginni Rometty, chief executive officer at International Business Machines Corp. – could be counted as a leader of the tech sector.
In addition to Ms. Rometty, the forum’s membership roster features: as chairman, Stephen Schwarzman, CEO at Blackstone Group; Paul Atkins, former Securities and Exchange commissioner; Mary Barra, CEO at General Motors Co.; Toby Cosgrove, CEO at Cleveland Clinic; Jamie Dimon, CEO at JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Larry Fink, CEO at BlackRock, Inc.; Bob Iger, CEO at Walt Disney Co.; Rich Lesser, CEO at Boston Consulting Group; Doug McMillon, CEO at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Jim McNerney, CEO at The Boeing Company; Adebayo Ogunlesi, chairman at Global Infrastructure Partners; Kevin Warsh, a fellow at the Hoover Institution and former governor of the Federal Reserve System; Mark Weinberger, CEO at accounting firm EY; Jack Welch, former CEO at General Electric Co.; and Daniel Yergin, vice chairman at HIS Markit.
“Members of the Forum will be charged with providing their individual views to the President – informed by their unique vantage points in the private sector – on how government policy impacts economic growth, job creation, and productivity,” according to a statement from the Presidential Transition Team. “The Forum is designed to provide direct input to the President from many of the best and brightest in the business world in a frank, non-bureaucratic, and non-partisan manner,” it said.
“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “My administration is committed to drawing on private sector expertise and cutting the government red tape that is holding back our businesses from hiring, innovating, and expanding right here in America,” he said. – John Curran, email@example.com