U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday named aNigerian, Adebayo Ogunlesi, as a member of an advisory
council that will help the incoming president implement “his
plan to bring back jobs and Make America Great Again.”
Ogunlesi is the Chairman and Managing Partner, Global
Infrastructure Partners, a private equity firm with more than
$35bn in assets under management. He has investments
worldwide in infrastructure assets in the energy, transport, and
water and waste industry sectors.
Ogunlesi, who is also a board member at Goldman Sachs,
joins some of America’s most highly respected and successful
business leaders in the President’s Strategic and Policy
Forum, which “will be called upon to meet with the President
frequently to share their specific experience and knowledge as
the President implements his plan to bring back jobs and
Make America Great Again”, Blackstone said in a statement.
“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who
know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,”
said President-elect Trump.
“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 first meeting of the Forum will be held at The White House
during the first week of February.
Other members of the Forum include Stephen A. Schwarzman
(Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of
Blackstone; Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC,
Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange
Commission; Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors;
Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic; Jamie Dimon, Chairman
and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co; and Larry Fink, Chairman and
Others are 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,
Inc.; 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; and Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice
Chairman of IHS Markit.
The Forum will be chaired by Stephen A. Schwarzman,
Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone.