General Motors CEO Mary Barra Chosen for Trump Advisory Panel

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
general motors ceo mary barra chosen for trump advisory panel

President-elect Donald Trump has named General Motors CEO Mary Barra to his advisory board on economic issues and jobs growth.

While this could also be a coincidental slight against Mark Fields for publicly criticizing the new president’s repeated verbal attacks against Ford, this isn’t the first time Barra has been considered for unexpected political involvement this year. Hillary Clinton had shortlisted her as a possible running mate for the 2016 election.

On Friday, team Trump made the official announcement that Barra would be included on a Strategic and Policy Forum that encompassed “some of America’s most highly respected and successful business leaders.” The forum is intended to provide Trump with direct advisement on economic issues in a “frank, non-bureaucratic and non-partisan manner.”

“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,” Barra said in a statement provided to The Detroit News.

Last week, the transition team said “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.”

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” Trump said in a 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 forum is to be chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman, CEO and co-founder of Blackstone, and includes numerous top-level executives from some of the United States’ largest corporations.

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  • HeyILikemySaturnOK HeyILikemySaturnOK on Dec 06, 2016

    Lately anytime I hear "Trump picks..", I get worried but she is actually a good choice IMO. Barra seems like she has done right by GM so far and made headway into changing the culture a bit from what i can tell. There could be far worse choices here, we need all the sanity and sense we can get these days. Good for her!

  • Stuki Stuki on Dec 06, 2016

    And here we go again..... Yet another dimbulb-in-chief and his hope-and-changefulls set to wonder in a few years why, despite all the "great advice" Il Dunce received from his forum of CEOs about "helping the economiii", middle class salaries continue to stagnate, while the salaries on the guys and gals in the forum continues to climb. I'm sure this latest clown, will be just as surprised as his predecessors.....

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