Schwartzman, Fink, Dimon Named to Trump Strategic and Policy Forum

Dec 2 2016 | 11:08pm ET

Blackstone co-founder and CEO Stephen Schwarzman will chair a forum of business leaders convened by President-elect Donald Trump to provide experience, views and opinions about public policy, job creation, productivity and economic growth as the incoming President begins the implementation phase of his economic plan. 

The group, named the President's Strategic and Policy Forum, is designed to provide direct input to the President from corporate and Wall Street leaders in a frank, non-bureaucratic, and non-partisan manner, according to Blackstone. 

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” said President-elect Trump. “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 first meeting of the Forum will be held at The White House during the first week of February, Blackstone said. 

In addition to Schwarzman, other financial industry luminaries in the forum include JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and Global Infrastructure Partners CEO Adebayo Ogunlesi. The forum’s full membership is as follows: 

  • Stephen Schwarzman, Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder, 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 Prizewinner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit.

The transition to Trump’s presidency has been marred by questions about potential conflicts of interest with his business dealings, as well as senior appointments that, if confirmed, would result in one of the wealthiest presidential cabinets in American history. The new forum, which will undoubtedly be an invaluable resource for the incoming President, is nonetheless also comprised of executives highly emblematic of the so-called 1% heavily criticized by Trump during his populist, drain-the-swamp campaign. 

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