Comcast CEO Brian Roberts Joins President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

1:14 PM PST 02/23/2011 by Georg Szalai
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Other executives on the board include Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, former Time Warner chairman and CEO Richard Parsons and AOL co-founder Steve Case.

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama on Wednesday named Comcast CEO and chairman Brian Roberts, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and former Time Warner and AOL top executives to the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

The council, which advises on jobs and economic issues, is chaired by General Electric chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt.

Comcast recently acquired a 51 percent stake in NBCUniversal with GE owning the rest.

Also on the council are former Time Warner chairman and CEO Richard Parsons, who is now chairman of Citigroup, and AOL co-founder Steve Case. The two were key leaders of AOL-TW after the mega-merger of the two companies that was later reversed. Other members come from various parts of corporate America, but also include Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, and Laura Tyson, professor at the University of California Berkeley and former White House economist.

The council's first meeting will be Thursday at the White House.

"I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles," said President Obama. "I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead."

Said Roberts in a blog post: "There is no more important task facing our nation's business and political leaders than growing our economy through jobs and investment."

He added: "I look forward to contributing my insights on the creative industries where America continues to lead and innovate. I applaud the President's efforts to bring this bipartisan group together to tackle the complex problem of how our country can continue to lead the world economy."

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