The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board will include top bosses from Walmart, Apple, Lockheed Martin, IBM, Visa, and Home Depot. The group’s creation was announced Wednesday by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Ivanka Trump, the President’s daughter and senior adviser.
Among the issues the panel will address are automation and artificial intelligence.
“We want all Americans to have the skills and opportunities to secure good paying jobs and successfully navigate technological disruptions and the rapidly changing nature of work,” Ivanka Trump said in a statement.
It marks a return for American corporations to formal advisory roles in the administration after executives fled a pair of councils following fatal clashes between white supremacists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017.
The goal had been to hear corporate advice on creating jobs and boosting manufacturing, one of the President’s main agenda items.
Trump still maintains close relationships with business leaders whom he knows from his days as a real estate developer, and Ivanka Trump, along with her husband Jared Kushner, have cultivated close relationships with top corporate leaders, including Apple CEO Tim Cook.
The list of executives on the new council announced on Wednesday does not include any CEOs who resigned in 2017, but it does include some members who sat on the panels but didn’t flee. That includes Ginni Rometty of IBM, Doug McMillon of Walmart, and Marillyn Hewson of Lockheed Martin.