A familiar face is likely stepping into the political arena. The Trump administration has reportedly tapped former General Motors CEO Ed Whitacre to become the country’s new ambassador to Mexico.
The Washington Post reported last Thursday that local Mexican media has confirmed Whitacre’s new role as the ambassador and official sources from both the United States and Mexico have an agreement on Whitacre. The State Department hasn’t confirmed him, however.
Whitacre had a short stint in GM’s top executive role. He was named GM Chairman in 2009 following the automaker’s bankruptcy. Shortly after, he became interim CEO after Fritz Henderson resigned in December 2009. At the beginning of 2010, Whitacre became the permanent CEO, only to relinquish the role to Dan Akerson in September 2010.
When announced and confirmed, Whitacre will replace Roberta Jacobson, who has remained in her position from the Obama administration.
Whitacre holds close ties to Mexico and reportedly is very close with the country’s richest man, Carlos Slim.