As President-Elect, Donald Trump, continues to round out his cabinet and staffing choices for his administration, the latest decision sees General Motors CEO Mary Barra joining the team.
Barra has been tapped for President-Elect Trump’s economic panel, according to The Detroit News. She will be one of many CEOs to join the forum, which will advise the president on key economic issues from a variety of private sectors. Trump’s transition team specifically stated the panel 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.”
Barra confirmed her nomination and released the following statement:
[I am] pleased to join President-elect Donald J. Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum because it offers us a seat at an important table where we can contribute to a constructive and open dialogue about key policy issues. We look forward to working with President-elect Trump, his team and other corporate and civic leaders on policies that support a strong and competitive economy and automotive industry.
Members of the forum will bring 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.”
Barra is held in high regard for the work she has done at GM during her tenure and was once even considered to be Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton’s running mate.
The first meeting of the forum will take place in February of 2017 and will be chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone.