President Obama Names Director of Walt Disney Co. John E. Bryson
as Commerce Secretary
May 31, 2011 | John E. Bryson, a member of the board
of directors at Walt Disney Company since 2000 and senior advisor to
private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co, was nominated by
President Obama on May 31 as Commerce Secretary.
As previously reported in Toy News
Tuesday, the position was formerly held by Gary Locke, who will now
serve as U.S. ambassador to China.
Former chairman of the board and chief executive officer of
California-based power company Edison International, Bryson will be
charged with growing U.S. exports and promoting American business and
American products around the world.
In a White House announcement made today, Obama described Bryson as
“a business leader who understands what it takes to innovate,
create jobs and to persevere through tough times.” Earlier this
year, Obama announced plans to streamline the Commerce Department,
including how the government handles international trade issues, and
sharpen its focus on making U.S. businesses more competitive.
Bryson’s full biography can be found on Walt