President-elect Donald Trump added three new members to his strategic and policy forum, bolstering the panel's tech chops with Elon Musk of Tesla Motors Inc., Solar City and SpaceX; Uber Technologies Inc. CEO and co-founder Travis Kalanick; and Pepsi Co. Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.
They will join 16 corporate leaders from the business community previously selected to advise the incoming president as he seeks to create opportunities for job growth in the U.S. On Dec. 14, Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence are holding a technology roundtable, which Musk was scheduled to attend. The event will also host executives from companies such as Google Inc., Apple Inc., Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. to discuss bringing technology jobs back to America, a Trump spokesman said during a media briefing. Trump also was scheduled to have an additional private conversation with Musk and Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Through Tesla, Musk has been at the forefront of the burgeoning energy storage industry, and in recent months he has sought a full takeover of Solar City. He currently is chairman of Solar City's board and a major investor in Solar City, but he said he wants to bring it fully into the Tesla fold to create an integrated clean energy company that markets electric vehicles, solar panels and energy storage systems under one corporate roof.
Tesla, Google and Uber have been exploring self-driving vehicles as well, which suggests that could be a topic of discussion during the roundtable. The spokesman did not provide details of what Trump intends to discuss at the event.