Bob Iger to Attend Trump's Policy Forum at White House

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Trump added three additional members to the February forum: Elon Musk, Uber's Travis Kalanick and PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi.

Disney CEO Bob Iger is among the corporate executives set to attend President-elect Donald Trump's planned February policy forum. 

Details of the forum, to be held at the White House, were unveiled by private equity firm Blackstone and Trump's transition team on Dec. 2. Iger is the only entertainment/media executive on the invitation list.

The forum will be chaired by Blackstone chairman Stephen A. Schwarzman, who signaled that he backed Trump in the primary season over Sen. Ted Cruz but said later he was undecided in the general election.

“This forum brings together CEOs and business leaders who know what it takes to create jobs and drive economic growth,” President-elect Trump said in a statement. 

Iger is a longtime supporter of Democrats and he presumably did not back Trump, though he signaled during a Nov. 10 conference call — two days after the election — that he's optimistic the Republican might be good for business, especially if he lowers corporate taxes as promised.

"We are no longer competitive with the rest of the world in that regard and that must be addressed, and it's possible that, given what's gone on this week, that that's likely to be addressed sooner rather than later, and that's obviously a good thing," Iger said that day.

He also announced during that conference call that a bust of Trump was already in the works for display at Disney World in its Hall of Presidents attraction.

The conference call was held just after Trump met with President Obama at the White House, and Iger weighed in on that meeting, as well: "It looks like there's cordiality, which we've not seen in a long time, and there's an attempt by both sides with the incumbent and the president-elect to approach this in a rational, cordial, effective and polite way."

On Wednesday, hours ahead of Trump's planned meeting with tech executives, the president-elect added Elon Musk and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to the list of policy forum attendees, along with PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi. The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, along with top execs from Apple, Facebook, Google and a handful of other companies, is expected to attend the tech summit.

“America has the most innovative and vibrant companies in the world, and the pioneering CEOs joining this Forum today are at the top of their fields,” said Trump in a statement about Musk, Kalanick and Nooyi early Wednesday. “My Administration is going to work together with the private sector to improve the business climate and make it attractive for firms to create new jobs across the United States from Silicon Valley to the heartland.”

Members of the forum will be tasked with providing their views on how government policy impacts economic growth, job creation and productivity. 

The full list of invitees to Trump's public policy forum in February is below: 

Stephen A. Schwarzman (Forum Chairman), Chairman, CEO, and Co-Founder of Blackstone;
Paul Atkins, CEO, Patomak Global Partners, LLC, Former Commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission;
Mary Barra, Chairman and CEO, General Motors;
Toby Cosgrove, CEO, Cleveland Clinic;
Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co;
Larry Fink, Chairman and CEO, BlackRock;
Travis Kalanick, CEO and Co-founder, Uber Technologies;
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company;
Rich Lesser, President and CEO, Boston Consulting Group;
Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.;
Jim McNerney, Former Chairman, President, and CEO, Boeing;
Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO, SpaceX and Tesla;
Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo;
Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners;
Ginni Rometty, Chairman, President, and CEO, IBM;
Kevin Warsh, Shepard Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Economics, Hoover Institute, Former Member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System;
Mark Weinberger, Global Chairman and CEO, EY;
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric;
Daniel Yergin, Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit;

Dec. 14, 10:30 a.m. ET: Updated with additional members Musk, Kalanick and Nooyi.