CEOs of Tesla, Uber, and Pepsi Join Trump's Business Council

Image: Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, attends the Reuters Global Technology Summit in San Francisco
Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla Motors and SpaceX.STEPHEN LAM / Reuters

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By Lucy Bayly

Donald Trump is seeking help from the real-life Iron Man.

Elon Musk, who has drawn comparison to the fictional superhero, joined the president-elect’s advisory council on Wednesday, along with Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, and Indra Nooyi, the CEO of Pepsi.

Trump’s Strategic and Policy Forum, which includes boldfaced names from industries ranging from movies to banking to airplanes, was formed earlier this month with the goal of providing counsel during Trump's presidency and to “make it attractive for firms to create new jobs,” according to a press release from Trump’s transition team.

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The announcement came the same day as Trump's private meeting with tech titans — including Musk — at Trump Tower.

Musk, who is already busy pulling double duty at SpaceX and Tesla, is a surprising addition to Trump's team, given his sharp criticism of Trump days before the election.

"I feel a bit stronger that he [Trump] is not the right guy," Musk told CNBC. "He doesn't seem to have the sort of character that reflects well on the United States."

Musk also said Hillary Clinton's economic and environmental policies were "the right ones."

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With today’s additional members, the individuals on the board now include:

  • Stephen A. Schwarzman CEO of Blackstone
  • Paul Atkins, CEO of Patomak Global Partners
  • Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors
  • Toby Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic
  • Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase
  • Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock
  • Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber
  • Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company
  • Rich Lesser, CEO, Boston Consulting Group
  • Doug McMillon, CEO of Wal-Mart
  • Jim McNerney, former CEO of Boeing
  • Elon Musk, CEO, SpaceX and Tesla
  • Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo
  • Adebayo “Bayo” Ogunlesi, Chairman and Managing Partner, Global Infrastructure Partners
  • Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM
  • Kevin Warsh, economist
  • Mark Weinberger, CEO of EY
  • Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric
  • Daniel Yergin, Vice Chairman of IHS Markit