Trump taps six Indian Americans CEOs to revive economy

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (pictured above), Alphabet Inc’s Sundar Pichai, IBM’s Arvind Krishna, and Micron’s Sanjay Mehrotra are among tech leaders tapped by President Trump for his panel to revive the U.S. economy.

Indian Americans included in 17 Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups.

With a view to restart a covid-19 battered US economy, President Donald Trump has tapped nation’s top corporate executives, including six Indian Americans to form 17 “Great American Economic Revival Industry Groups.”

Composed of over 200 “esteemed executives, economists, scholars, and industry leaders,” the groups represent various interests ranging from agriculture to banking to sports.

Pune-born Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga has been included in the Financial Services group, while Kolkata born Anindita (Ann) Mukherjee, CEO of Pernod Ricard, is in the Manufacturing group.

The Tech group has four Indian American CEOs: Google (Alphabet Inc)’s Sundar Pichai, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, IBM’s Arvind Krishna, and Micron’s Sanjay Mehrotra

These 17 bipartisan groups of American leaders will work together with the White House to chart the path forward toward a future of unparalleled American prosperity, White House said.

“The health and wealth of America is the primary goal, and these groups will produce a more independent, self-sufficient, and resilient Nation,” it said.

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The other 14 groups are: Agriculture, Banking, Construction/Labor/Workforce, Defense, Energy, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Hospitality, Real Estate, Retail, Telecommunications, Transportation, Sports, and Thought Leaders/Groups

Besides the six Indian Americans, the groups include Tesla’s  Elon Musk, Walmart’s Doug McMillon, Apple’s Tim Cook, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Uber’s Dara Khosrowshani.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, John Allison, Kay Coles James, Art Laffer, Steve Moore and Steve Forbes are included among thought Leaders.

Trump chatted with the groups’ members during a series of conference calls Wednesday starting with executives from the banking, financial services, food and beverage, hospitality and retail industry groups, about revving up the nation’s battered economy.

Later during a White House briefing, Trump said the executives provided “extremely productive feedback on how to safely reboot our economy.”

“We spoke to a lot of very, very smart people, the highest of the high tech,” Trump said. “The level of IQ on some of those calls was about the highest you’ve ever seen on a phone call, that I can tell you.”

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