UPDATE: Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Bob Iger is on the list of business leaders who will make up President-elect Donald Trump’s strategic and political forum, whose first meeting is scheduled for February at the White House.
Stéphane. A Schwarzman, Chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, will chair the group.
According to a press release, members “will be responsible for providing their individual views to the President – informed by their unique views in the private sector – on the impact of government policy on economic growth, creation jobs and productivity. The Forum is designed to provide the President with direct input from many of the best and brightest in business in a candid, non-bureaucratic and non-partisan manner. “
In a statement, Trump said, “This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth. My administration is committed to leveraging the expertise of the private sector and reducing the government red tape that keeps our businesses from hiring, innovating and growing right here in America.
Iger donated to Hillary Clinton during the recent presidential election. He was also a member of President Obama’s export board.
Iger released a statement Friday afternoon saying he considered participation in the panel to be “non-partisan.”
“The forum offers a non-partisan approach to key economic policy issues, reflecting a range of individual perspectives from a cross-section of industries,” Iger said. “I look forward to the chance to participate in important discussions on the most effective ways to create jobs and expand economic opportunities in America.”
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The other members of the forum are: Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners and former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Mary Barra, President and CEO of General Motors; Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic; Jamie Dimon, President and CEO, JPMorgan Chase; Larry Fink, President and CEO, BlackRock; Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group; Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores; Jim McNerney, former president, president and chief executive officer of Boeing; Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, President and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners; Ginni Rometty, President, President and CEO, IBM; Kevin Warsh, distinguished guest member of the Shepard family in economics, Hoover Institute, former member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; Mark Weinberger, global president and CEO of EY; Jack Welch, former chairman and chief executive officer of General Electric; and Daniel Yergin, vice president of IHS Markit.
James Rainey contributed to this story.