President Obama has added a slew of well-known business names to his jobs advisory panel, including American Express CEO Ken Chenault, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and legendary Silicon Valley venture capitalist John Doerr.
Some names announced earlier for the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness included America Online founder Steve Case and General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt, who will chair the panel. In general, the list is high-profile and high-tech, showing the administration's efforts to "Win the Future," as the president is fond of saying. The list, aimed at improving the president's ties to business, also includes an old Chicago friend of the president, Penny Pritzker of the Hyatt hotels fortune.
Here are today's appointments:
Steve Case, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
Steve Case is the Chairman of Revolution, a holding company that oversees multiple companies, which include Zipcar, LivingSocial and Everyday Health. He is also Chairman of the Case Foundation, a private family foundation he established in 1997 with his wife Jean. Mr. Case co-founded America Online in 1985, and under his leadership as Chairman and CEO, it became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company. Mr. Case also serves as Chair of the Startup America Partnership, and co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Mr. Case received a B.A. from Williams College.
Kenneth I. Chenault, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
Kenneth I. Chenault is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of American Express Company. From 1997 to 2001, Mr. Chenault served as American Express’ President and Chief Operating Officer. Before he came to American Express, Mr. Chenault was a management consultant with Bain & Co. from 1979 to 1981, and an attorney with Rogers & Wells from 1977 to 1979. Mr. Chenault serves on the boards of American Express and several other corporate and nonprofit organizations, including IBM, The Procter & Gamble Company, the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University, the Smithsonian Institution’s Advisory Council for the National Museum of African American History & Culture, and the World Trade Center Memorial Foundation. He also is on the boards of the Partnership for New York City, where he serves as Co-Chairman, The Business Council, and the Business Roundtable. Mr. Chenault received a B.A. in history from Bowdoin College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
John Doerr, Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
John Doerr is a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB). Early in his career, Mr. Doerr joined Intel, where he worked in engineering and marketing. He then joined KPCB and soon started Silicon Compilers, a VLSI CAD software company, and @Home, the first broadband cable Internet service. Mr. Doerr is personally involved in organizations that further the improvement of K-12 public education, global poverty/health, and public policy, serving on the boards of New Schools, TechNet, ONE and the Aspen Institute. In 2009, Mr. Doerr was appointed to President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He also serves on the boards of Google and Amazon.com. Mr. Doerr earned a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rice University and an MBA from Harvard.
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., Appointee for Member, President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of TIAA-CREF, the leading provider of retirement services in the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. Previously, Mr. Ferguson served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Federal Reserve System. He was a voting member of the Federal Open Market Committee, served as Chairman of the Financial Stability Forum, and chaired Federal Reserve Board committees on banking supervision and regulation, payment system policy and reserve bank oversight. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF in April 2008, Mr. Ferguson was head of financial services for Swiss Re, Chairman of Swiss Re America Holding Corporation, and a member of the company’s executive committee. Earlier, he was an Associate and Partner at McKinsey & Company. He began his career as an attorney at the New York City office of Davis Polk & Wardwell. In 2009, Mr. Ferguson was appointed to President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Boards of Trustees for the Institute for Advanced Study, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the New America Foundation, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is on the Board of Directors of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP and the Partnership for New York City, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New York, the Harvard Law School Visiting Committee, and the Group of Thirty. Mr. Ferguson holds a B.A., J.D. and a Ph.D. in economics, all from Harvard University.