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Ford's Mulally named to export council

David Shepardson / The Detroit News

Washington -- President Barack Obama today named Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Alan Mulally to a presidential council on exports.

The White House also named two other Michigan executives, Stephanie A. Burns, chairman, president and CEO of Dow Corning, and Andrew N. Liveris, president, chairman and CEO of Dow Chemical, to the President's Export Council. The council includes a group of business and labor leaders who will offer advice on how to promote U.S. exports, jobs and growth.

A White House report released this morning said exports in the first four months of 2010 grew almost 17 percent from the same period last year.

Obama praised the executives who agreed to serve on his council.

"My administration has worked to improve advocacy for our exporters, remove trade barriers and enforce trade rules in an effort to ensure that the benefits of global trade are broadly shared. And to build on the progress we've made so far, I've appointed these accomplished men and women to serve in these important roles. I am confident that their depth of experience in the private sector will be valuable as we continue working to open new markets for American goods, boost our exports and level the playing field for American workers," Obama said in a statement.

In March, Obama named Boeing Co. President and CEO W. James McNerney Jr. as chair of the President's Export Council -- a group first created in 1973 by executive order. He also named Xerox Corp. CEO Ursula Burns as vice chair.

The president's council has 28 private sector members, along with congressional and executive branch members. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, is among the members. She was named in March.

"We need to be exporting our products, not our jobs," Stabenow said. "Without addressing the needs of our manufacturers in our trade policies, we will continue to lose millions of jobs to countries like China, which misaligns its currency and blocks our exports."

Mulally isn't expected to attend an event today introducing the council because Ford's board of directors has a regularly scheduled meeting.

But Mulally had lunch at the White House last week with Obama and four other business leaders.

Obama wants to double U.S. exports within five years. He also wants to resolve issues with the stalled South Korea free trade agreement by November.

Ford and some other automakers want the administration to do more to open South Korea's market to U.S. exports.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detnews.com/article/20100707/AUTO01/7070376/1148/auto01/Ford-s-Mulally-named-to-export-council#ixzz0t02E2bAC

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By Mark Kleis

President Barack Obama is reportedly set to announce the formal addition of Ford Motor Company’s CEO, Alan Mulally, to a presidential export council.

Obama’s export council currently consists of 28 members from the private sector, but according to Detroit News, it will soon see the addition of one more – Alan Mulally. Although Mulally will mark the 29th member with roots in the private sector, the automotive CEO will also serve alongside both congressional and executive branch members, such as Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, Michigan.

“We need to be exporting our products, not our jobs,” Stabenow said. “Without addressing the needs of our manufacturers in our trade policies, we will continue to lose millions of jobs to countries like China, which misaligns its currency and blocks our exports.”

According to the Detroit News, Mulally will miss President Obama’s scheduled announcement of the CEO’s addition to the council, to be held tomorrow during an exports meeting, as the ex-Boeing executive will be attending a regularly scheduled board of directors meeting for Ford Motor Company.

The President’s Export Council was first formed in 1973 under executive order, and recently saw the addition of W. James McNerney Jr., Boeing Co. CEO and president as the chair – Xerox’s Ursula Burns serves as vice chair to the Exports Council.

Obama hopes to tap Mulally’s knowledge and experience in an effort to double U.S. exports by 2015.



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