Tesla, Uber chiefs tapped for Trump economic panel

Keith Laing
Detroit News Washington Bureau

Washington — President-elect Donald Trump has named Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk and Uber Technologies CEO Travis Kalanick to a Strategic and Policy Forum that frequently will advise him on economic issues and jobs growth.

Trump’s transition team said Wednesday that Musk and Kalanick will be part of a forum that is composed of “some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders” that “will be called upon to meet with the president frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the president implements his economic agenda.”

Members of the economic panel will be expected 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,” according to Trump’s transition team.

Musk and Kalanick will join General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra on Trump’s economic panel, along with PepsiCo. CEO Indra Nooyi. Barra was one of the initial members of the group that was announced Dec. 2 by Trump.

Trump said adding Musk and Kalanick to the panel will allow him to tap into the knowledge of Silicon Valley pioneers.

“America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields,” Trump said in a statement. “My Administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland.”

The forum will be chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone.

Other members of the panel:

■ Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission

■ Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic

■ Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

■ Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock

■ Bob Iger, chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company

■ Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group

■ Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

■ Jim McNerney, former chairman, president, and CEO, Boeing

■ Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, chairman and managing partner, Global Infrastructure Partners

■ Ginni Rometty, chairman, president and CEO, IBM

■ Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

■ Mark Weinberger, global chairman and CEO, EY

■ Jack Welch, former chairman and CEO, General Electric

■ Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS Markit

Trump’s transition team has said the first meeting of the forum will be held at the White House during the first week of February.


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