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Ellen Hughes-Cromwick Joins Commerce Dept as Chief Economist

Commerce-DepartmentEllen Hughes-Cromwick, an adjunct faculty member at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business, has been named chief economist at the Commerce Department.

Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said Tuesday that Hughes-Cromwick will work to help the department promote growth and economic opportunities for U.S. companies and workers.

Hughes-Cromwick spent 18 years at Ford Motor Co. and retired in 2014 as the company’s chief global economist with responsibility for business strategy, finance and planning functions.

Before that, she worked in a senior economist role at Mellon Bank for six years, taught at Trinity College and served on the President’s Council of Economic Advisers for two years.

Hughes-Cromwick also served on the board of directors at the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Council for Economic Education and Operation ABLE in Detroit.

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