Cummins Inc. announced that Tim Solso, chairman and chief executive officer, is one of 10 business leaders expected to be appointed by President Obama to the President’s Management Advisory Board, which was established in April 2010 to provide advice on how to implement best business practices to improve management and operation of the federal government.
The board, chaired by Jeffrey Zients, deputy director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, will advise both the president and the President”s Management Council, the senior-most interagency group that includes the deputy secretaries from the major executive departments and agencies.
The PMAB builds on the work of the President”s Accountable Government Initiative and the 2010 White House Forum on Modernizing Government, which brought together 50 of the country’s top CEOs. That group shared ideas about adapting their proven techniques and practices to spark improvements in efficiency and effectiveness across the government.
“I am grateful that these impressive individuals have chosen to dedicate their talents to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said: “I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead to deliver a government that”s more affordable, effective and efficient.”
Solso, 64, has been chairman and CEO of Cummins since January 2000 and has been with the company since 1971. In addition to his role at Cummins, Solso is active in a number of public policy organizations. He serves as the U.S. Chair of the U.S.-Brazil CEO Forum, formed by the governments of both countries in 2007 to improve economic ties between the United States and Brazil. He is a founding member of the American Energy Innovation Council, which was created in 2010 to advocate for clean energy technology development in the United States. He also is a board member of the Initiative for Global Development, an organization committed to reducing poverty worldwide through economic development.
In addition to Solso, the other prospective nominees to PMAB are Greg Brown, president and CEO of Motorola Solutions Inc.; Sam Gilliland, chairman and CEO of Sabre Holdings; Jeffrey Kindler, former chairman and CEO of Pfizer Inc.; Debra Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks; Gail J. McGovern, president and CEO of the American Red Cross; Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe Systems Inc.; Enrique Salem, president and CEO of Symantec Corp.; Elizabeth A. Smith, CEO of OSI Restaurant Partners LLC; and Ronald A. Williams, chairman of Aetna Inc.