UPDATED: Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Bob Iger is among the list of business leaders who will make up President-elect Donald Trump’s strategic and policy forum, with the first meeting slated for February at the White House.
Stephen. A Schwarzman, the chairman and CEO of The Blackstone Group, will chair the group.
According to a press release, 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. The Forum is designed to provide direct input to the President from many of the best and brightest in the business world in a frank, non-bureaucratic, and non-partisan manner.”
In a statement, Trump said, “This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth. 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.”
Iger donated to Hillary Clinton in the recent presidential election. He also has been a member of President Obama’s export council.
Iger issued a statement Friday afternoon saying he considered service on the panel “non-partisan.”
“The forum provides a non-partisan approach to key economic policy issues, reflecting an array of individual perspectives from a cross-section of industries,” Iger said. “I welcome the chance to be part of the important discussions about the most effective ways to grow jobs and expand economic opportunity in America.”
Other members of the forum include: Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners and former commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission; Mary Barra, chairman and CEO, General Motors; Toby Cosgrove, CEO of Cleveland Clinic; Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase; Larry Fink, chairman and CEO, BlackRock; Rich Lesser, president and CEO, Boston Consulting Group; Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores; Jim McNerney, former chairman, president and CEO of 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; and Daniel Yergin, vice chairman of IHS Markit.
James Rainey contributed to this story.