Biden appoints women from Obama and Clinton teams to top jobs

US president-elect Joe Biden has given top economics and communications positions to former aides to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, appointing women to a number of senior roles.

Mr Biden announced that Jennifer Psaki, the former White House communications director and State department spokesperson under Mr Obama, would serve as his White House press secretary. He also tapped Kate Bedingfield to be White House communications director after serving in that role for his presidential campaign.

The announcements came as it emerged that Neera Tanden, a former senior aide to Mrs Clinton, was set to be appointed White House budget director, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr Biden is also poised to name Cecilia Rouse, a Princeton University labour economist, to be chair of the White House council of economic advisers. Prof Rouse would be the first African-American to lead the council.

The council will also include Jared Bernstein, Mr Biden’s former chief economist when he was vice-president, and Heather Boushey, an economist whose research is centred on combating inequality.

The economic appointments are likely to be announced this week with the selection of Janet Yellen, the former Fed chair, as Treasury secretary.

Ms Yellen is expected to be supported by Wally Adeyemo, president of the Obama foundation and a former international economic official during his administration, as deputy Treasury secretary. The economic appointments were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Additionally, Brian Deese, a former Obama administration official who works on sustainable investing at BlackRock, the fund manager, is the frontrunner to be director of the White House National Economic Council, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr Biden’s appointments emerged at the end of the Thanksgiving holiday, as the president-elect continued to fill out his team with a more diverse cast of senior officials than has been the case in previous administrations. This was one of the key promises of the Democratic candidate during his campaign.

“Communicating directly and truthfully to the American people is one of the most important duties of a President, and this team will be entrusted with the tremendous responsibility of connecting the American people to the White House,” Mr Biden said in a statement about his communications team on Sunday.

“These qualified, experienced communicators bring diverse perspectives to their work and a shared commitment to building this country back better,” he added.

The economic choices also reflect his need to balance the different factions of the Democratic party. Ms Tanden has at times clashed with progressive Democrats and her nomination risks a backlash that could prove problematic, given that the budget director position requires Senate confirmation.

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Republicans also scoffed at her selection. “Neera Tanden, who has an endless stream of disparaging comments about the Republican Senators’ whose votes she’ll need, stands zero chance of being confirmed,” said Drew Brandewie, a spokesperson for John Cornyn, the Texas senator.

Mr Biden’s picks for the White House council of economic advisers will be

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Women in Film and TV U.K. Appoints Producer Katie Bailiff as CEO

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Film and TV advocacy body Women in Film and TV (WFTV) U.K. has appointed award-winning producer Katie Bailiff as CEO.

Bailiff’s credits include Channel 4’s BAFTA-winning “Feltham Sings,” BBC Two’s RTS and Grierson-winning “The Secret History of Our Streets” and BBC Three’s “Abused by My Girlfriend.”

For the last two decades, Bailiff has worked at independent producer Century Films, where in her most recent role she was creative director. Working together with managing director and co-owner Brian Hill, she developed a company with a reputation for producing high-quality documentaries and dramas for all the major U.K. channels and platforms.

“I am enormously excited and honored to be taking on the role of CEO at WFTV and continuing to build on the hard work and success of the last 30 years,” said Bailiff (pictured, left). “It is such a privilege to lead an organization which makes a real difference within the industry. I passionately believe in the importance of nurturing, serving and representing all women working in film, television and digital media across the U.K.”

“We are delighted that Katie is joining us, as an award-winning producer and senior figure in the industry, she has tremendous knowledge and insight, which will be invaluable to the future development and success of WFTV,” said WFTV chair Liz Tucker (pictured, right). “Both the WFTV board and I are very much looking forward to working with her and building on the current growth of the organization.”

The last two years have been particularly successful for WFTV, with turnover increasing by 40% and membership up by 30%. During this time, it has launched the Pat Llewellyn Bursary fund, introduced three new mentoring schemes, developed an online event program, developed new diversity initiatives, and launched its #forgottenfreelancers campaign.

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Goldman Sachs appoints more women and ethnic minority partners

The new partners will officially step into their roles as of 1 January 2021. Photo: Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images
The new partners will officially step into their roles as of 1 January 2021. Photo: Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty Images

Goldman Sachs (GS) has opened its doors to more women and ethnic minority partners, that now make up almost half of 60 new appointees.

It is the smallest crop of partners since the Wall Street bank went public in the 1990s, as chief executive David Solomon continues to pare back biannual promotions. The number falls below the 69 appointed in 2018, and under the 100 normally named.

The new partners will officially step into their roles as of 1 January 2021. Despite having around 440 partners, it remains an elusive club.

The coveted partnership — often seen as a stepping stone into Wall Street — comes with a $950,000 (£724,000) salary. Additionally, new partners also receive exclusive access to the bank’s private investment funds and a share of future profits from them.

“Goldman Sachs’ strong partnership ethos has always been at the heart of our culture,” Goldman said.

Under Solomon, Goldman has also been pushing its diversity credentials, setting targets for increasing the proportion of women and ethnic minorities among the senior ranks.

In the 2020 class, 16 of the 60 partner are women (27%), while four are Black (7%), three Hispanic (5%) and 10 Asian (17%).

Meanwhile, the latest cohort includes 32 white men, who received a 53% share of the promotions, the demographic’s smallest representation on record.

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The bank added: “The Partner Class of 2020 reflects the highly selective process to identify each new generation of Goldman Sachs senior leaders. Together, our new partners have more than 850 years of combined experience at Goldman Sachs, and bring deep and broad expertise to their new roles. Importantly, the class is accretive to the diversity of the partnership, as we continue to advance diversity and inclusion at our firm.”

Earlier this month, the investment bank and Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded their expectations for European gross domestic product (GDP) in the fourth quarter, as new waves of COVID-19 infections sweep the continent.

The makeup of the new 60 Goldman Sachs partners. Photo: Goldman Sachs
The makeup of the new 60 Goldman Sachs partners. Photo: Goldman Sachs

Big companies have been under more pressure to appoint more women and ethnic minorities in senior positions, after issues such as diversity and the gender pay gap were highlighted over the last few years.

Boardrooms in the UK’s top businesses have long been male-dominated spaces, with the government recommending back in 2015 that the boards of all FTSE 350 companies should be 33% by 2020.

Earlier this week, a report, which collated data from the websites of FTSE 100 (^FTSE) firms in September 2020 — revealed that almost a third of companies are yet to meet the 33% target.

The research by graduate recruitment app Debut said that, women occupy 36% of current board roles in FTSE companies, an improvement on numbers seen in 2015, but still

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Blackline Safety Appoints Women in Technology Hall of Famer, Cheemin Bo-Linn, to its Board of Directors

Former IBM VP and CEO of international consulting firm brings award-winning experience and a proven track record of leadership and innovation to Blackline

Blackline Safety Corp. (TSX.V: BLN), a global leader of gas detection and connected safety solutions, announced the appointment of Cheemin Bo-Linn to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. With this appointment, Blackline Safety’s Board expands to six directors. Notably, Ms. Bo-Linn was recognized as one of the ‘Top 50 Directors’ in the United States in 2019 by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). This recognition highlights the most influential and high performing directors who serve on a public company board and as an independent committee chair.

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Cheemin Bo-Linn is appointed to the Blackline Safety Board of Directors (Photo: Business Wire)

Blackline is a global leader in cloud-connected safety that supports leading businesses around the world to transform digitally through increased safety, efficiency and quality using wearable technologies, cloud software and data.

Ms. Bo-Linn currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Peritus Partners, Inc., a valuation accelerator which also provides consulting and operations expertise in software (SaaS), IoT, mobile and digital (analytics, marketing, e-commerce and cybersecurity). She brings more than 25 years as a software executive including her prior role as Vice-President of IBM Corporation where she was responsible for a fast growth multi-billion-dollar global business. In 2015, she was inducted into the Women in Technology International Professional Association Hall of Fame. Ms. Bo-Linn has also served on several boards across the U.S., Canada and Europe. Ms. Bo-Linn earned a doctorate degree in computer-based management information systems and organizational change from the University of Houston.

“It’s an exciting time for Blackline which has impressively established itself at the forefront of cloud-connected safety technology on a global scale,” said Cheemin Bo-Linn. “I am honored to join Blackline’s board and support the company’s rapid growth by sharing my insights and experience in ESG, SaaS, artificial intelligence, machine learning, digital innovation and leadership. There’s a very bright future for technologies that connect workers across multiple industry sectors and empowers improved decision-making that comes from leveraging the power of data.”

“This appointment marks an exciting, transformative day for Blackline Safety, adding a highly experienced and talented executive to our board who has served at the top levels of leadership and innovation,” said Cody Slater, Chair and CEO of Blackline Safety. “The depth of Cheemin’s impressive experience and insights into ESG and SaaS will play an instrumental role in helping us continue to grow our enterprise and remain ahead of the curve in the cloud-connected safety industry.”

Ms. Bo-Linn joins the Blackline Safety board of directors that includes CEO and Chair, Cody Slater and independent Directors Michael Hayduk, Dr. John Finbow, Robert Herdman and Brad Gilewich. Each of Blackline’s board members are seasoned business veterans who offer significant corporate leadership experience in the technology, industrial, software and business operations. For more information on Blackline Safety’s management team, please

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