Trump names Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Toby Cosgrove to panel of business advisers

President-elect Donald Trump has appointed Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, MD, to a newly established panel that will advise the incoming president on how the government influences job and economic growth, according to

The panel of 16 business leaders, called The President's Strategic and Policy Forum, will provide Mr. Trump non-partisan advice, according to the report, which cited a Trump team news released obtained through the Cleveland Clinic.

"This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth," Mr. Trump said in a news release, according to the report. "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."

The group is expected to convene for the first time in early February, according to the report.

"I am truly honored and privileged to take part in President-elect Donald Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum designed to grow and strengthen the United States' economy," Dr. Cosgrove said in a statement Friday, according to the report. "I applaud his efforts to bring together leaders across industries to gain insight that will assist the new president in making important decisions that will impact every American. I am deeply committed and take this role very seriously." 

The other panel members include:

  • Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO and Co-Founder of Blackstone
  • Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors
  • Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co
  • Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock
  • Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company
  • Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores
  • Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President and CEO, 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
  • Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit

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