NEW YORK — President-elect Donald Trump added three more executives to his list of outside corporate advisers, including Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla, who once said Trump didn’t belong in the White House.
In a release Wednesday morning, the president-elect also added Travis Kalanick, CEO of Uber, and Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, to his Strategic and Policy Forum, his previously announced group of business leaders who will advise the new administration on economic issues.
Before the announcement, Trump’s board had raised eyebrows among the tech industry for its lack of Silicon Valley presence. Only IBM CEO Ginni Rometty represented the sector on the forum, whose other members include the chief executives of Wal-Mart, The Walt Disney Company and General Electric.
Trump in recent days has tried to extend an olive branch to the tech industry, and he’ll meet with a number of prominent Valley executives at Trump Tower 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,” Trump said in a statement.
The choice of Musk comes despite his criticism of Trump before Election Day. “I think a bit strongly that [he] is probably not the right guy,” Musk told CNBC in November. But Musk has ties to Peter Thiel, a Valley venture capitalist advising Trump. Both are expected to be at today’s tech summit.