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Nooyi, two other Indians invited by Obama for talks

November 13, 2012 14:39 IST
US President Barack Obama has invited at least three Indian-Americans, including PepsiCo CEO 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 US think-tank based in Washington, and Deepak Bhargava from the Centre for Community Change are the other Indian-Americans to have been invited by Obama for consultations, a White House official said.

The US President this week will meet leaders from the business, labour, progressive and civic community, as well as Congressional leadership, to have discussion about the best ways to move the economy forward and find a balanced approach to reduce the deficit, the official said.

"On Tuesday, Obama will attend a meeting with labour and progressive leaders. On Wednesday, the President will meet with leaders from the business community," the official said.

Neera Tandon and Deepak Bhargava have been invited to attend the White House meeting with Obama on Tuesday.

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

The list also includes John Podesta from Centre for American Progress; Bob Greenstein, Centre for Budget and Policy Priorities; Laura Burton Capps, Common Purpose Project; Max Richtman, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and Justin Ruben from MoveOn.

"The President and the Vice-President will attend a meeting with leaders from the labour community and other progressive leaders to discuss the actions we need to take to keep our economy growing and find a balanced approach to reduce our deficit," the White House said.

Obama has invited prominent American CEOs for consultations on Wednesday. Besides Indra Nooyi, others invited for the meeting includes Mark Bertolini (President, Chairman and CEO, Aetna), 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).

Lalit K Jha in Washington, DC
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