A group of more than two dozen CEOs have been tapped by President Donald Trump to create recommendations to grow the American manufacturing sector.
The group convenes at a time when Trump is pledging to cut corporate taxes, slash regulations and also heavily tax companies that outsource manufacturing jobs.
Who are the C-suite occupants selected by the new president? Let’s take a look.
Andrew Liveris has led Midland, Michigan-based Dow Chemical Co (NYSE: DOW) for more than a decade and worked at the company for 40 years. Before chairing Trump’s manufacturing council, Liveris served as co-chair of former President Barack Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership steering committee and as a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council, according to Dow.
Bill Brown, who oversees 21,000 employees at Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), was appointed president and CEO in November 2014, according to the company. He previously held senior leadership roles at United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX). Notably, Brown once worked at UTC subsidiary Carrier Corporation — which was targeted by Trump late last year for its plans to move manufacturing jobs from Indiana to Mexico.
Michael Dell founded the business bearing his name, Dell Technologies Inc (NYSE: DVMT), in 1984 with $1,000, according to the company. He was 19. The IT giant now has more than 140,000 employees and $74 billion in revenue.
John Ferriola first joined Nucor Corporation (NYSE: NUE) in 1991 and served in a variety of roles at the steel company before being appointed CEO in January 2013 and as chairman of the board of directors in January 2014.
Jeff Fettig has worked at Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE: WHR) since 1981 and as CEO since July 2004, according to the company. A Tipton, Indiana native, Fettig serves as lead director on Dow Chemical’s board, as a well as serving on the board of the Kohler Co.
Mark Fields was appointed to the CEO post at Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) in July 2014 and has overseen the Dearborn automaker’s fastest global manufacturing expansion in 50 years, according to the company.
Ken Frazier, an attorney who holds a J.D. from Harvard, went to work at Merck & Co., Inc. (NYSE: MRK) in 1992 and was promoted through the company’s ranks before becoming CEO in 2011.
Alex Gorsky has, with the exception of a four-year detour to Novartis AG (ADR) (NYSE: NVS) beginning in 2004, worked for Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) since 1988. He’s a “longtime advocate of diversity and inclusion,” according to the consumer, medical and pharma company.
Greg Hayes became CEO at United Technologies Corporation (NYSE: UTX) in November 2014. In a previous role as chief financial officer and senior vice president, Hayes was key in reshaping the company’s portfolio to focus on its core aerospace and building systems businesses, according to the company.
Marillyn Hewson served as president, chief operating officer and executive vice president at Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) before being named CEO. She has been with the aerospace and defense contractor for more than 30 years.
Jeff Immelt, the CEO of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), has been asked to serve by presidents before — he was chairman of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He went to work at after graduating from Harvard in 1982 and was named to GE’s top job in 2001, making him the ninth person to have held the position.
Jim Kamsickas was appointed CEO of Dana Inc (NYSE: DAN) in August 2015 after prior stints at International Automotive Components and Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA). He serves on the board for the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation.
Klaus Kleinfeld, the CEO of Arconic Inc (NYSE: ARNC), was CEO at Alcoa Corp (NYSE: AA) from 2008 until November, when he led the split of Alcoa into two companies. Prior to his career at Alcoa and Arconic, Kleinfeld worked at Siemens AG (ADR) (OTC: SIEGY) for 20 years, finishing as CEO before leaving the German electronics company.
Brian Krzanich, the leader of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), started work there in 1982 as a process engineer and ascended through the ranks, serving as COO before being promoted to CEO in May 2013.
Richard Kyle was named CEO at bearings manufacturer Timken Co (NYSE: TKR) in 2014 after serving as a COO and, previous to that, president of the company’s aerospace and mobile industry segments.
Thea Lee, a former economist, serves as deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO.
Mario Longhi is leading United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X) through a transformation plan titled “The Carnegie Way,” according to the company, to “return U.S. Steel to sustainable profitability.” He’s considered a leading voice in the steel industry on global trade, the company said. Longhi joined the steelmaker in 2012.
Denise Morrison has led Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) since August 2011 and has worked in the food business for more than 30 years, including at Kraft Heinz Co (NASDAQ: KHC), Nabisco, Nestle SA (ADR) (OTC: NSRGY) and PepsiCo, Inc. (NYSE: PEP).
Dennis Muilenburg was named CEO of Boeing Co (NYSE: BA), the world’s largest aerospace company, in March 2016. While serving as Boeing’s COO, Muilenberg worked on aerospace business operations and global relationships, leadership initiatives and development program performance, according to his company biography.
Elon Musk, the co-founder of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ: TSLA), oversees the electric car manufacturer’s product strategy, which includes the production of “more affordable electric vehicles for mainstream consumers,” according to his company biography. Before Tesla, Musk founded the internet companies Zip2 and Paypal Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: PYPL).
Doug Oberhelman retired as CEO of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) on December 31 after a 41-year career at the manufacturer. Oberhelman will continue as Caterpillar’s executive chairman of the board until March 31, 2017, according to the company.
Scott Paul is president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, a partnership of American manufacturers and the United Steelworkers that was formed in 2007.
Michael Polk, the CEO of Newell Brands Inc (NYSE: NWL), leads a consumer goods company that generates more than $16 billion in sales annually. Newell Brands was formed last year with the merger of Newell Rubbermaid and Jarden Corporation. A former Unilever plc (ADR) (NYSE: UL) and Kraft executive, Polk was named as Newell’s CEO in July 2011, according to the company.
Mark Sutton has spent his career at International Paper Co (NYSE: IP) and became CEO in November 2014, according to the company. Sutton serves on the Business Council and Business Roundtable, and is also the appointed chairman of the U.S. Russian Business Council and a member of the U.S.–Brazil CEO Forum.
Inge Thulin oversees a company with 90,000 employees and $30 billion in sales at 3M Co (NYSE: MMM). The R&D-intensive company has been named as one of the world’s most ethical companies, as well as one that millennials would most like to work for, under Thulin’s watch, according to his biography.
Richard Trumka was elected president of the 12.5-million-member AFL-CIO in 2009. He’s worked toward the goal of “adopting progressive, pro-worker laws and policies at every level to improve life for working families,” according to the union.
Wendell Weeks has worked at Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) since 1983, becoming CEO in 2005. Weeks is focused on new growth opportunities and the building of a “bigger, more balanced company,” according to his biography.
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