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Andrew Samwick endorses Anne Mulcahy to succeed Summers

The big rumor is that Obama will choose Anne Mulcahy, former CEO of Xerox, to succeed Larry Summers as chairman of the NEC. Andrew Samwick, who served as chief economist for George W. Bush's CEA, likes the idea:

President Obama's first choice to succeed Larry Summers as Director of the National Economic Council should be Ann Mulcahy, former CEO and chairwoman of Xerox. She visited campus last fall, as a guest of the public policy center where I am the director. Her personal narrative of working her way up through the company and leading it through a challenging turnaround are compelling. They indicate a history of both teamwork and taking responsibility. She came across as very smart and articulate -- you can watch her lecture, "Leadership Lessons Learned on the Firing Line" here. After interacting with her for a day, I thought she would be a great college president. I think she would be excellent as NEC Director as well.

I've embedded Mulcahy's lecture below. She really gets going at about minute six:

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If Fiorina pulls ahead of Boxer or Whitman opens up a lead on Brown, then either of them would be a fine choice as head of the NEC as long as it had all the power it had under the senior Bush or Reagan.

Posted by: robbins2 | September 22, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

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