By Robert Schroeder, MarketWatch
Donald Trump has tapped J.P. Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon and other prominent chief executives for a “strategic and policy forum” that the president-elect says will meet frequently to discuss economic issues.
Stephen Schwarzman, the chairman and CEO of Blackstone /zigman2/quotes/203156858/composite BX -0.39% , will head the group of more than a dozen members, which also includes General Motors /zigman2/quotes/205226835/composite GM +0.22% CEO Mary Barra and Disney /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS +2.84% chief Bob Iger.
Members will give Trump their input on how government policy affects growth, job creation and productivity, according to a news release from the Trump transition team. The first meeting of the forum will be held at the White House during the first week of February.
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President Barack Obama established what he called an economic recovery advisory board shortly after taking office in 2009. The board similarly included high-profile CEOs including Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric /zigman2/quotes/208495069/composite GE +3.49% , but also counted the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka among its members. Labor unions aren’t represented on Trump’s list.
Last month, Dimon was reportedly floated to be a possible pick for Trump’s Treasury chief. But the J.P. Morgan /zigman2/quotes/205971034/composite JPM +1.18% head was later reported never to have been a candidate. Trump named Steven Mnuchin to the post this week.