In a move that will give the tech industry much leverage for future initiatives, Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick have joined President-Elect Donald Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum.
As business advisers to Trump, they will bring industry-relevant knowledge to the Forum. In statement issued Wednesday morning, Trump said: “America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields.”
Also on board is Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, and last month IBM CEO Ginni Rometty also joined the Forum.
The team will advise Trump as he draws out his economic plans for his term as President. Incidentally, both Tesla and Uber are pushing for autonomous vehicle technology, something that the Republican platform has been criticizing even as the Obama administration openly showed its support for the still-evolving technology.
In an attempt to thaw the freeze between Trump and leaders of the tech world, a summit is being held today at Trump Towers in New York, with Trump and other attendees including Rometty, Musk, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, Jeff Bezos, Sheryl Sandberg, Satya Nadella, Brian Krzanich, Safra Catz and Chuck Robbins.
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