Donald Trump’s transition team announced the inclusion of three highly rated CEOs in Trump’s advisory team before Wednesday’s scheduled meeting with top tech leaders.
The three names announced were, Elon Musk – CEO of Space-X and Tesla, Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi – CEO of Pepsi, and Travis Kalanick – CEO of Uber.
Oracle CEO, Safra Catz, who was present at Wednesday’s meeting with Trump, was included on the executive committee of the transition team – the announcement of his inclusion was made on Thursday.
The attendees in Wednesday’s high-octane meeting with President-elect Donald Trump included names like:
* Tim Cook – CEO of Apple
* Larry Page – CEO of Alpha
* Satya Nadella – CEO of Microsoft
* Jeff Bezos – CEO of Amazon
* Elon Musk – CEO of Tesla and SpaceX
* Ginni Rometty – CEO of IBM
* Brian Krzanich – CEO of Intel
* Safra Catz – CEO of Oracle
* Eric Schmidt – Executive Chairman of Alphabet
* Chuck Robbins – CEO of Cisco
* Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook
* Ivanka Trump – Executive VP of the Trump Organization
* Peter Thiel – Venture Capitalist and ardent Trump supporter
* Reince Priebus – incoming White House Chief of Staff
Conspicuously absent from the meeting were Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey of Twitter. However, Facebook was represented by its COO, Sheryl Sandberg.
The main focus of the meeting, which lasted for two hours, was on jobs,
immigration policy, cybersecurity, tax reforms, education, infrastructure, repatriation of foreign assets, ease of doing business overseas, and China.
He urged the tech community, “to keep going with the incredible innovation,” and added, “There’s nobody like you in the world. There’s nobody like the people in this room.”
According to an anonymous source, the tech hierarchy gave their consent to Trump’s suggestion of meeting on a quarterly basis to discuss issues.
“This is truly an amazing group of people,” Trump said at the Trump Tower at the commencement of the meeting with Silicon Valley’s big guns, “I want to add that I’m here to help you folks do well.”
He told the gathering of top tech leaders that his administrative team is “going to be here for you. You’ll call my people, you’ll call me. We have no formal chain of command around here,” – an open door policy, so to speak.
While most of the companies represented at the meeting by their CEOs or top officials desisted from making detailed comments on the meeting, here is what Jeff Bezos of Amazon said in a post-meeting statement:
“I shared the view that the administration should make innovation one of its key pillars, which would create a huge number of jobs across the whole country, in all sectors, not just tech — agriculture, infrastructure, manufacturing — everywhere.”
Trump who had been critical of the Silicon Valley giants, by and large, has displayed a clear deviation from his campaign policy in this regard and has pledged support to the tech industry in every which way his administration can.