President Obama is pulling out all the stops in trying to take America’s economy back. Last week he held an impromptu press briefing just minutes before the White House Holiday Party. Obama stepped aside and let former President Clinton command the briefing that went on for close to an hour.
Obama also recently announced new economic incentives such as extending Bush era tax cuts and reaching a free trade accord with South Korea. Today he is going one step further and meeting with 20 of the nation’s top CEO’s. On that list of course is Google’s Eric Schmidt and Motorola’s Co-CEO Greg Brown. This isn’t a tech or wireless meeting, but rather a meeting of the minds. CEO’s of Pepsi, Boeing, UPS and more also show up on the list (below)
These CEO’s have their fingers on the pulse of the American citizen and the American consumer. Eric Schmidt, the reigning CEO of information, went on the campaign trail for Obama in October of 2008 just before the election.
The meeting will be the largest Obama has held with CEO’s of American businesses. The administration knows that the country will not be able to turn the economy around if the private sector is not on board. In order to do that he needs to pick the brains of these CEO’s with experience with America, in fact, more experience than Obama himself has had. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said “We are not going to see a sustained economic recovery until we see that it is sparked and led by the private sector,”
Reports say that Obama has already met in private with Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. Here is a list of the CEO’s in today’s (Wednesday) meeting:
Greg Brown, co-CEO, Motorola, Inc.
Kenneth Chenault, CEO, American Express
Dave Cote, chairman, president and CEO, Honeywell International Inc.
Scott Davis, chairman and CEO, UPS
John Doerr, partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
Mark Gallogly, managing partner and co-founder, Centerbridge Partners
Lew Hay, chairman and CEO, NextEra Energy
Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO, General Electric
Ellen Kullman, CEO, DuPont
John Lechleiter, president and CEO, Eli Lilly
Andrew Liveris, president, CEO and chairman, Dow Chemical
James McNerney, chairman, president and CEO, Boeing
Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
Paul Otellini, CEO, Intel
Penny Pritzker, chairman and CEO, Pritzker Realty Group
Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO, Comcast
Jim Rogers, chairman, president and CEO, Duke Energy
Eric Schmidt, chairman and CEO, Google
Robert Wolf, chairman and CEO, UBS Group Americas