U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Antonio Perez, chairman and CEO of Eastman Kodak Co., as a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Several other business leaders, such as A.G. Lafley CEO of Procter & Gamble, Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express Co., and Ellen Kullman CEO of DuPont, were also appointed.
In his State of the Union address, President Obama discussed the need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build our global competitors in order to win the future. The President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness will focus on carrying out these goals by finding new ways to promote growth through investments in American business to equip workers with the skills they need to succeed, encourage the private sector to hire and invest in American competitiveness, and attract top jobs and businesses right here in the United States.
The Council on Jobs and Competitiveness is chaired by Jeffrey Immelt, CEO and Chairman of General Electric. In addition, Ursula Burns, Eric Lander, and James McNerney will serve as ex-officio members. More members of the council will be announced at a later date.