An Open Letter to Trump’s CEO Advisors

UPDATE (January 30, 2017): I am pleased to note that a number of business leaders have begun speaking out against the ban and/or his protectionist stance:

[Link to Politico Article]

Thank you!


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

Dear Members of Trump’s CEO Advisory Panel:

President Trump as signed an executive order preventing individuals from several primarily Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) from entering the United States for 120 days. Already, individuals from these countries have been detained by the Department of Homeland Security at several airports or have had their visas cancelled when attempting to travel to the United States. Some of these individuals hold legal residency (“green cards”) which grant them all the rights of U.S. Citizens save that of voting. Although a Federal Court has stayed the execution of the order, the future prospects of these individuals as well as many others such as “dreamers” are uncertain under Trump’s draconian measures.

Two members of the CEO Advisory Panel have spoken out publicly against this ban, they are Elon Musk of Tesla and Travis Kalanick of Uber. I congratulate them and admire their courage. As of Sunday morning at 8:30 am, the world has not heard your views on the matter of this ban. I hope and trust that you will speak out soon or explain your silence. Perhaps you are fearful of the large orange bird and what he might tweet. Or perhaps you are a quisling, a person who collaborates with an enemy force occupying the land. Or perhaps things are moving quickly and you simply have not had an opportunity to respond.

I sincerely hope it is the last.

Awaiting your response,

Raymond T. Sparrowe, Ph.D.


~ by raysparrowe on January 29, 2017.

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