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Trump is tapping 16 CEOs to advise him where Steve Bannon can't
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With maverick former Goldman Sachs banker and Hollywood producer Steve Bannon (right) as a main advisor, Trump is adding more mainstream business expertise.
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These are the 16 CEOs who’ve agreed to serve on Trump’s new “Strategic and Policy Forum”

Max de Haldevang
By Max de Haldevang

Geopolitics reporter

If you were worried that the three former Wall Street bankers Donald Trump has tapped for lead roles in his administration so far represent a pretty limited set of business expertise, fear not.

Having been elected on a promise of bringing private sector sense to Washington, the US president-elect has assembled a wide-ranging collection of US business leaders to serve as an advisory group: the rather prosaically-titled “Strategic and Policy Forum.” (As to why it’s not a “Strategic Policy Forum” or “Strategy and Policy Forum,” we’re afraid we can’t help you.)

The list—which includes 14 men and two women—spans manufacturing, entertainment, transport, technology, accounting, retail, and, of course, finance. Big-name CEOs like JP Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon (who reportedly turned down the idea of serving as Trump’s Treasury secretary), Walt Disney’s Bob Iger, and General Motors’ Mary Barra will share tips on how best to put together a “plan to bring back jobs and Make America Great Again,” according to the announcement of the forum’s founding. The press release was distributed by Blackstone; its CEO, Stephen Schwarzman, is chairing the forum.

The group says its members “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.” Input is meant to be delivered to the president in a “frank, non-bureaucratic, and non-partisan manner.”

The group’s first meeting is scheduled to take place at the White House in February.

Here’s the Strategic and Policy Forum member list in full:

  • Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone;
  • 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;
  • 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, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit
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