He will meet leaders to find approach to reduce deficit

United States President Barack Obama has invited at least three Indian-Americans, including PepsiCo Chief Executive Officer Indra Nooyi, as part of his wider consultations with leaders from business, labour, civic community and Congress on the current economic crisis.

Neera Tandon, president of the Centre for American Progress, an eminent U.S. think-tank based in Washington; and Deepak Bhargava from the Centre for Community Change are the other Indian-Americans to have been invited for consultations, said a White House official here on Monday.

The President this week would meet leaders from the business, labour, progressive and civic communities, as well as congressional leadership, to have discussions about the best ways to move the economy forward and find a balanced approach to reduce deficit, he said.

Meeting

“On Tuesday, Obama will attend a meeting with labour and progressive leaders….” Ms. Tandon and Mr. Bhargava have been invited to attend the White House meeting with Mr. Obama later on Tuesday.

Others attending the meeting are Kay Henry from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Lee Saunders from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Dennis Van Roekel from the National Education Association (NEA); Rich Trumka from the American Federation of Labour and Congress of Industrial Organisations (AFL-CIO).

Invitees

Those invited for the meeting on Wednesday include Mark Bertolini (President, Chairman and CEO, Aetna); and Ursula Burns (Chairman and CEO, Xerox), Kenneth I. Other invitees are: Chenault (Chairman and CEO, American Express Company), David Cote, (Chairman and CEO, Honeywell), Mike Duke (President and CEO, Walmart), Jeff Immelt (Chairman and CEO, General Electric), Andrew Liveris (President, Chairman and CEO, Dow), Robert McDonald (President and CEO, Proctor & Gamble), Alan Mulally (President and CEO, Ford), Ginni Rometty (President, Chairman and CEO, IBM) and John Watson (Chairman and CEO, Chevron), the White House official said. — PTI