Biden Nominates ex-HP CEO Meg Whitman as Kenyan Ambassador

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The White House announced on Wednesday that US President Joe Biden had picked Meg Whitman, a trailblazer in the tech sector, as Ambassador to Kenya.

IN SUMMARY

  • US President Joe Biden has proposed Meg Whitman, a luminary in the technology industry, to be the country’s ambassador.
  • She formerly served as President and CEO of HP, eBay, and FTD; if approved, she will likely succeed Kyle McCarter, who stepped down in January 2021.
  • She was previously the CEO of e-commerce giant eBay and served as the interim CEO of Jeffrey Katzenberg’s video platform Quibi.
  • Whitman ran for governor as a Republican in 2010 but was lost to Jerry Brown.

If confirmed, she will likely succeed Kyle McCarter, who stepped down from the job in January 2021, following the White House’s change of guard. McCarter was appointed to the in 2019 by onetime US President Donald Trump.

Political limits and competence

Whitman is a business mogul with political experience who formerly served as President and CEO of Hewlett Packard (HP), eBay, and FTD.

In 2010, the American business contested as a Republican for governor of California but lost to Democrat Jerry Brown.

On the other hand, she backed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and Joe Biden in 2020.

Meg served as CEO of Hewlett Packard, eBay and FTD from 1998 to 2008. She is a board member of Proctor & Gamble and General Motors and the chair of Teach for America’s National Board. The American businesswoman has amassed a $5 billion net worth through eBay and private practice.

Whitman
Whitman

According to media reports, she contributed $500,000 (Sh56,450,000) to the Biden Victory Fund last year, a joint fundraising committee for the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

Whitman has several honors, the White House stated in a statement. “Meg was inducted into both the Bay Area and the United States Business Halls of Fame.”

According to Forbes, Meg, 65, has amassed a $5 billion net worth through eBay and private practice. As CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008, she is most hailed for growing the company’s sales from $5.7 million to $8 billion.

She is now a board member of Procter & Gamble and General Motors and the chair of Teach for America’s National Board.

Background on Whitman

Whitman graduated from Harvard University with a Master of Business Administration and Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts/Science degree.

ACCORDING TO A WHITE HOUSE DISPATCH, Margaret Whitman (Meg), a business magnate and former California governor candidate, is on the boards of Procter & Gamble and General Motors and is the National Board Chair of Teach for America.

Whitman spent decades in senior corporate positions, but she has also been a long-time political activist.

She ran for governor of California as a Republican in 2010 but lost to Democrat Jerry Brown.

Whitman is on the boards of Proctor & Gamble and General Motors. She ran for governor of California in 2010 but lost to Democrat Jerry Brown. Whitman served as CEO of Quibi, a short-lived short-form media firm established by Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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Whitman

She endorsed now-Sen. Mitt Romney’s presidential bids in 2008 – before becoming the national campaign co-chair for Sen. John McCain – and 2012.

In both Democratic and Republican administrations, wealthy benefactors often get ambassadorships.

According to figures provided by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, well over a dozen Obama campaign supporters served as ambassadors during his presidency.

The White House underscored Whitman’s extensive financial background announcing Biden’s nominee. Whitman previously served as CEO of eBay before joining Hewlett-Packard.

Whitman subsequently rose to the position of CEO of Quibi, a short-lived short-form media firm established by Hollywood executive Jeffrey Katzenberg.

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