The White House named the newest members of the President’s Export Council.
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker swore in five of the seven total new members before the Council’s fall meeting.
"This council provides the president with advice on how to increase trade and grow U.S. exports, and I have no doubt that the new members and their expertise will bolster our efforts to help American business, increase exports and boost our competitiveness abroad,” she said.
The newest members include:
- Kenneth C. Frazier – president, Merck & Co.
- Andrés R. Gluski – president and CEO, AES Corp.
- Marillyn A. Hewson – president and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corp.
- Vanessa Keitges – president and CEO, Columbia Green Technologies.
- Ian C. Read – chairman and CEO, Pfizer.
- Virginia M. Rometty – chairman, president and CEO, IBM.
- Arne M. Sorenson – president and CEO, Marriott International.
The President's Export Council is the principal national advisory committee on international trade, and advises the president on government policies and programs related to U.S. trade and export promotion, including the National Export Initiative. The council provides a forum for discussing trade-related issues among the business, industrial, agricultural, labor and government sectors.
The council is comprised of up to 28 private sector members, including a labor representative, the heads of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National Governors Association, five U.S. Senators, five U.S. Representatives and 17 federal agencies.