Obama Creates Advisory Board Pooling Expertise from CEOs

barack_obama-779027A new advisory board composed of private-sector CEOs who will provide recommendations about the best practices around productivity, technology and customer service was created yesterday by President Barack Obama.

Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag announced in his blog Monday that the new board will complement the President’s Management Council, which consists primarily of the deputy secretaries of each federal department.

“This board builds on what we learned from the White House Forum on Modernizing Government this past January,” Orzag writes. “There, we welcomed more than 50 of the country’s top CEOs to hear from them about adapting their proven techniques and practices to spark improvements in efficiency and effectiveness across the government.”

Federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients will chair the new board, and Obama will appoint other members chosen on the basis of their record of judgment in leading large, complex or innovative private-sector organizations, according to Orzag.

“Members will possess top-level business experience in the areas of executive management, audit and finance, human resources and compensation, customer service, operations management, and information technology,” Orzag writes. “The first Management Advisory Board members will be selected and announced in the next few months.”

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