U.S nominates former HP boss as US ambassador to Kenya
The United States has nominated former Hewlett Packard (HP) CEO and president Margaret C. Whitman as America’s ambassador to Kenya.
“Margaret C. Whitman (Meg), a business executive and former candidate for Governor of California, is a Member of the Board of Procter & Gamble and General Motors, and National Board Chair at Teach for America,” White House said in a dispatch.
Whitman, a billionaire former Republican commonly known by her nickname “Meg,” was a major donor backing Democrat Biden’s campaign.
She would take over from Eric Kneedler, who became chargé d’affaires ad interim for Kenya last January.
“Kenya is a strategic partner of the United States, and if confirmed, I look forward to working with the Kenyan government on a wide variety of issues to advance peace, prosperity and health in the country and throughout the region,” Whitman said in a statement issued by the White House.
Whitman was CEO of Hewlett-Packard and then Hewlett Packard Enterprise from 2011 to 2017. She is currently a board member of Procter & Gamble and General Motors.
U.S President Joe Biden also nominated Alina Romanowski, currently ambassador to Kuwait, to be ambassador to Iraq, and put forward businesswoman Constance Milstein for ambassador to Malta, the statement said.