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Meet the Business Leaders Serving in Trump's Administration

Many of the 45th President's cabinet picks hail from the corporate world.

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President Donald Trump is the first person to have been elected to the office without any prior government or military experience on his resume. Prior to his campaign, Trump traveled in the spheres of media, with his role as the host of The Apprentice, and in business, as the CEO of the Trump Organization.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with son-in-law Jared Kushner.

As Trump’s cabinet takes shape, it’s become clear that those with experience in the corporate world will have a considerable amount of input and representation in the upcoming administration.

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Name: Jared Kushner 

Position: Senior advisor to the President 

Experience: Kushner is married to Ivanka Trump. He runs his family’s real estate company, Kushner. Until recently, he was the publisher of The New York Observer. It was recently announced that he will be stepping down and selling his ownership stake in the newspaper to a family trust. There is a question of whether Kushner’s role in the new administration violates an anti-nepotism law passed in the 1960s.

Linda McMahon
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Name: Linda McMahon

Position: Administrator of the Small Business Administration (SBA)

Experience: McMahon co-founded and is the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and was a Republican Senate candidate from Connecticut in 2010 and 2012.

Name: Robert Lighthizer

Position: U.S. Trade Representative

Experience: Lighthizer is an attorney and a partner at New York City law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Lighthizer was deputy U.S. trade representative under Ronald Reagan.

Name: Mike Pompeo

Position: CIA Director

Experience: Pompeo is currently a Republican congressman from Kansas’s fourth district, a role he’s held since 2011. Prior to his political career, he ran a company called Thayer Aerospace, which was sold in 2006.

Rex Tillerson
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Name: Rex Tillerson

Position: Secretary of State

Experience: Tillerson has worked for oil and gas company ExxonMobil since 1975, and in 2006 he became the company’s CEO. In 2013, Tillerson received Russia’s Order of Friendship. According to The Washington Post, the award was given to Tillerson after Exxon completed a deal with Russian oil company Rosneft that involved drilling for fossil fuels in the Arctic.

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Name: Steven Mnuchin

Position: Secretary of the Treasury

Experience: Mnuchin is the co-founder and CEO of Dune Capital Management. He is also the co-founder of OneWest Bank Group, which was sold in 2015. He was also a partner at Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 17 years. In recent years, Mnuchin has produced several films, including American Sniper, The Lego Movie and Suicide Squad.

Name: Wilbur Ross

Position: Secretary of Commerce

Experience: For 25 years, Ross worked at New York investment banking firm Rothschild Inc. In 2000, he founded WL Ross & Co, another investment firm, and sold it six years later, but stayed on as chief strategy officer and chairman. This summer, WL Ross & Co paid a $2.3 million fine to the Securities and Exchange Commission on charges that it didn’t properly disclose fees that the firm charged investors.

Name: Todd Ricketts

Position: Deputy secretary of commerce 

Experience: Ricketts is the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs and also sat on the board of directors for TD Ameritrade.

Andrew Pudzer
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Name: Andrew Puzder

Position: Secretary of Labor

Experience: Puzder is the CEO of CKE Holdings, a position he’s held since 2000. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s are among the restaurant chains under the company’s auspices. In recent years, the company has been the subject of class action lawsuits dealing with the alleged unfair payment of employees.

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Name: David Shulkin

Position: Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Experience: Shulkin is currently the Under Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to that, Shulkin was the chief medical officer at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, president and CEO of of Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, and president of Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey.

Name: Jay Clayton

Position: Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman

Experience: Clayton is an attorney and a partner at New York City law firm Sullivan and Cromwell. He has a background working on mergers and acquisitions as well as IPOs, such as the Alibaba Group’s in 2014.

Carl Icahn
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Name: Carl Icahn

Position: Special Advisor on Business Regulation

Experience: The controversial 80-year-old investor will not become a federal employee or receive a salary for his role in the administration. Icahn has held stakes in eBay, PayPal, Netflix, AIG and Cheniere Energy.

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Name: Gary Cohn

Position: Director of the White House National Economic Council

Experience: Cohn is currently the president and COO of Goldman Sachs.

Name: Seema Verma

Position: Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Experience: Verma is the CEO and founder of SVC Inc., a health policy consulting firm.

Name: Dina Powell

Position: Senior counselor for economic initiatives and assistant to the president

Experience: Powell is currently the president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation and oversees the bank’s impact investing around the world.

Name: Anthony Scaramucci

Position: Advisor and liaison between the business community and the White House

Experience: Scaramucci is the founder of investment firm SkyBridge Capital and he was a vice president at Goldman Sachs.

Name: Elaine Chao

Position: Secretary of Transportation

Experience: Chao was the Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush and deputy secretary of transportation in George H.W. Bush's administration. She was the CEO and president of United Way of America from 1996 to 2001. She has been a member of Wells Fargo's board since 2011. 

Name: Robert Wood “Woody” Johnson IV 

Position:  U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom

Past experience: Johnson is the owner of the New York Jets and CEO of investment firm Johnson Company Inc. He was also the National Finance Chairman for Jeb Bush’s campaign during the Republican Party primary race. 

Name: Ike Perlmutter

Position: Informal advisor on veteran’s affairs

Experience: Perlmutter is the CEO of Marvel Entertainment, a position he's held since 2005. He is a veteran of the Israeli army and is known for being a very private person.

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