Biden’s first staff appointments include five women and four people of color

Joe Biden, the US president-elect, made another sharp break from Donald Trump on Tuesday by naming a White House senior staff that “looks like America”, including several women and people of colour.



Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP


© Provided by The Guardian
Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

Related: Trump Pennsylvania court hearing due as Biden sharpens criticism of concession refusal – live updates

Trump has been criticised for running the most white and male administration since Ronald Reagan. There are currently four women and 19 men in cabinet or cabinet-level positions. Picks for the federal judiciary are also dominated by white men.



In a statement, Joe Biden said: ‘America faces great challenges, and they bring diverse perspectives.’


© Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP
In a statement, Joe Biden said: ‘America faces great challenges, and they bring diverse perspectives.’

But Biden and Kamala Harris, who will be the first female and first Black vice-president, have promised to build a team to reflect shifting demographics. Tuesday’s first wave of appointments included five women and four people of colour.

Jen O’Malley Dillon will be White House deputy chief of staff. The 44-year-old, who as campaign manager was the first woman to lead a winning Democratic presidential bid, will work under Ron Klain, anointed chief of staff last week.

Cedric Richmond, a national co-chair of Biden’s campaign and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will quit the House of Representatives to join as a senior adviser and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Dana Remus, the campaign’s top lawyer, will be senior counsel to the president. Longtime advisers Mike Donilon and Steve Ricchetti will be senior adviser and counsellor to the president respectively.

Julie Chavez Rodriguez, one of Biden’s deputy campaign managers and the granddaughter of the farmworker union leader César Chávez, will be director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Annie Tomasini, currently Biden’s traveling chief of staff, will be director of Oval Office operations.

In a statement, Biden’s transition team said: “These diverse, experienced, and talented individuals demonstrate President-elect Biden’s commitment to building an administration that looks like America.”

It also quoted Biden as saying: “America faces great challenges, and they bring diverse perspectives and a shared commitment to tackling these challenges and emerging on the other side a stronger, more united nation.”

The appointments reward many of the advisers who helped Biden beat Trump in the 3 November election. Biden won the national popular vote by at least 5.6m votes, or 3.6 points, and in the state-by-state electoral college secured 306 votes to 232.

Video: Sen. Loeffler responds to ‘radical’ Warnock’s call for more debates (FOX News)

Sen. Loeffler responds to ‘radical’ Warnock’s call for more debates

UP NEXT

UP NEXT

The announcement also reflected Biden’s determination to press ahead with a transition despite Trump’s increasingly tenuous effort to reverse the election.

The former vice-president was due to discuss national security threats on Tuesday with his own advisers, rather than government officials, as the Trump administration has blocked him from receiving the classified briefings normally accorded to a president-elect.

Emily Murphy, the general services administrator, has not

Read more

Biden’s first staff appointments include five women and four people of color | US news

Joe Biden, the US president-elect, made another sharp break from Donald Trump on Tuesday by naming a White House senior staff that “looks like America”, including several women and people of colour.

Trump has been criticised for running the most white and male administration since Ronald Reagan. There are currently four women and 19 men in cabinet or cabinet-level positions. Picks for the federal judiciary are also dominated by white men.

But Biden and Kamala Harris, who will be the first female and first Black vice-president, have promised to build a team to reflect shifting demographics. Tuesday’s first wave of appointments included five women and four people of colour.

Jen O’Malley Dillon will be White House deputy chief of staff. The 44-year-old, who as campaign manager was the first woman to lead a winning Democratic presidential bid, will work under Ron Klain, anointed chief of staff last week.

Cedric Richmond, a national co-chair of Biden’s campaign and former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, will quit the House of Representatives to join as a senior adviser and director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.

Dana Remus, the campaign’s top lawyer, will be senior counsel to the president. Longtime advisers Mike Donilon and Steve Ricchetti will be senior adviser and counsellor to the president respectively.

Julie Chavez Rodriguez, one of Biden’s deputy campaign managers and the granddaughter of the farmworker union leader César Chávez, will be director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Annie Tomasini, currently Biden’s traveling chief of staff, will be director of Oval Office operations.

In a statement, Biden’s transition team said: “These diverse, experienced, and talented individuals demonstrate President-elect Biden’s commitment to building an administration that looks like America.”

It also quoted Biden as saying: “America faces great challenges, and they bring diverse perspectives and a shared commitment to tackling these challenges and emerging on the other side a stronger, more united nation.”

The appointments reward many of the advisers who helped Biden beat Trump in the 3 November election. Biden won the national popular vote by at least 5.6m votes, or 3.6 points, and in the state-by-state electoral college secured 306 votes to 232.

The announcement also reflected Biden’s determination to press ahead with a transition despite Trump’s increasingly tenuous effort to reverse the election.

The former vice-president was due to discuss national security threats on Tuesday with his own advisers, rather than government officials, as the Trump administration has blocked him from receiving the classified briefings normally accorded to a president-elect.

Emily Murphy, the general services administrator, has not yet recognised Biden as the “apparent winner”, which is needed to release funding and office space.

Seeking to project calm, Biden told reporters on Monday: “I find this more embarrassing for the country, than debilitating for my ability to get started.”

But he expressed frustration over the impact on his attempt to fight the coronavirus pandemic: “More people may die if we don’t coordinate … If we have to wait to 20

Read more

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. Makes Senior Leadership Team Appointments

The MarketWatch News Department was not involved in the creation of this content.

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SBH) (“the Company”) today announced a number of senior leadership team appointments in the areas of Finance, Operations and Information Technology, consistent with the Company’s prior succession planning. The Company also announced that Aaron Alt, Chief Financial Officer and President of Sally Beauty Supply, will be leaving the company, effective November 27, 2020, in order to pursue other opportunities. As discussed on the Company’s November 12, 2020 earnings call, the Company remains on track with its transformation plan.

Senior Leadership Appointments

  • Marlo Cormier has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Cormier has been the Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer since joining the Company in April 2020.

Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Cormier was the Senior Vice President, Corporate Finance and Chief Accounting Officer at Fossil Group, Inc. from 2013 to 2020 where her responsibilities included General Accounting, SEC Reporting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Tax and Treasury. Prior to Fossil Group, Ms. Cormier served in various executive roles at Callaway Golf from 2001 to 2013, including Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer. Ms. Cormier has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oregon State University and is a Certified Public Accountant with seven years of experience with Deloitte where she held the position of Manager of Accounting and Audit Services.

  • John Goss has been appointed as Senior Vice President and President of Sally Beauty Supply.

Mr. Goss brings over 30 years of retail experience to the role, having most recently served as Group Vice President and Head of Stores and Operations for Sally Beauty Supply. His responsibilities included leading over 2,900 retail stores and supporting the operations team, and most recently he led the deployment of Ship-From-Store (SFS) and Buy Online/Pickup in Store (BOPIS) across the Sally Beauty store network. Prior to joining the Company in 2016, Mr. Goss served consecutively as Vice President of Operations and then Vice President of Transformation Management Office for Signet Jewelers. Mr. Goss has held various leadership roles at Zales Jeweler, T-Mobile, Gap Inc., and L Brands throughout his career. Mr. Goss holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from The University of Phoenix.

  • Mary Beth Edwards has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Transformation Officer.

Previously, Ms. Edwards served as Group Vice President, Global Sourcing of Sally Beauty Holdings since April 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Edwards was Vice President of Global Operations at Arrow Electronics from 2015 to 2019 and Vice President, Operations ECS, Arrow Electronics from 2009 to 2015. Ms. Edwards is a combat veteran officer of the U.S. Army and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Temple University.

“Today’s changes reflect both the depth of our team as well as the strength of our succession planning process,” said Chris Brickman, president and chief executive officer. “Marlo brings extensive financial experience and leadership to the Company and John has a proven

Read more

what England’s new lockdown rules mean for your appointments

Will beauty salons close in England?

Beauty salons across England have been forced to close under new lockdown rules after Boris Johnson won the vote for a national lockdown on Wednesday (Nov 4). Under the severe restrictions, announced in a press conference at Downing Street on Saturday, October 31st, the government announced the closure of all non-essential businesses, including hair and beauty salons. 

The severe nationwide lockdown, which will surpass tier three restrictions, begins today and is expected to last throughout the whole of November until December 2nd. After this date, it is expected that different parts of the country will adopt an exit strategy, and will continue to follow the restrictions from the existing tier system, depending on the severity of infection in the local area. 

However, Cabinet Minister Michael Gove told Sky News on 1 November that lockdown might be extended beyond 2 December, but the Government will continue to review the data and follow the facts.

Under the pre-lockdown tier-system, hairdressers tier 3 were still allowed to remain open with the local authorities approval. Therefore, hair salons are likely to reopen after the new lockdown measures ease in early December. 

Can mobile beauticians still work?

Under the tough lockdown measures, which will begin in England on Thursday, November 5th, all beauty salons will have to close. Latest lockdown rules force all non-essential retail and beauty services to close, and the mixing of households, except for childcare and other forms of support, are banned. This means that alongside the closure of salons, mobile beauticians will also have to stop work, until December 2nd, at least. 

What happens if I have an appointment booked during lockdown?

If you have an appointment booked during lockdown, it will have to be cancelled. However, many beauty salons have already extended their opening hours from Sunday, November 1st to Wednesday, November 4th, to fit in extra appointments. It is advised to get in touch with your beautician to rearrange ahead of Thursday 5th. 

What financial support will beauty salons get?

For businesses that can apply for furlough, the scheme is being extended throughout November with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. In addition, business premises forced to close in England are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.

Also, £1.1bn is being given to Local Authorities, distributed on the basis of £20 per head, for one-off payments to enable them to support businesses more broadly.

“This is the second time round for a national lockdown, we at least have a taskforce in place, and direct connection with government as well as constant communications,” Millie Kendall MBE, Chief Executive of the British Beauty Council tells the Telegraph.

“We didn’t have that back in March. The Prime Minister’s announcement mentions non-essential retail which personal care businesses fall under, and he mentioned an extension of furlough. I am not sure this is enough to sustain our

Read more