Walmart CEO Among Trump’s Economic Advisors
By Mike Troy
Some of the biggest names in the business world—including Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon—have signed on to be part of President-elect Donald Trump’s 16-member Strategic and Policy Forum.
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 released by asset management firm Blackstone, whose co-founder, chairman and CEO, Stephen Schwarzman, will chair the Forum. The diverse group of business leaders was established 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 the statement.
“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” president-elect Trump said in the 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.”
The group will meet for the first time during the first week of February and after that, “will be called upon to meet with the president frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as the president implements his plan to bring back jobs and Make America Great Again,” according to the statement.
In addition to McMillon and Schwarzman, other members of the Forum include:
• Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission;
• Mary Barra, chairman and CEO, General Motors;
• 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;
• 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 Institution, and 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, Pulitzer Prize-winner and vice chairman of IHS Markit.