President Biden nominates Meg Whitman as US Ambassador to Kenya

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Meg Whitman nominated as US Ambassador to Kenya. [Courtesy]

US President Joe Biden has nominated tech-industry leader Meg Whitman to be Ambassador to Kenya, the White House announced Wednesday.

She will be succeeding Kyle McCarter who resigned from the role following the change of guard at the White House in January this year. McCarter was appointed by former US President Donald Trump in 2019.

Whitman doubles up as a business mogul with experience in the political scene.

She is the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Quibi- a streaming content platform for mobile devices- before its closure in October 2020.

She is also former President and CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the Hewlett Packard Company, eBay, and FTD.

In 2010, the American business executive ran for governor in California, US, as a Republican but lost to Democrat Jerry Brown.

She however supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 General Election and Joe Biden in 2020. 

Last year, she donated $500,000 (Sh56,450,000) to the Biden Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that benefited the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

The White House, in a statement, said Whitman boasts of several honors. “Meg has been inducted into the Bay Area Business Hall of Fame and the U.S. Business Hall of Fame.”

According to Forbes, 65-year-old Whitman has accumulated her $5 billion net worth from eBay and individually. She is best known for taking eBay from $5.7 million to $8 billion in sales as CEO from 1998 to 2008.

She currently sits on the Board of Procter and Gamble and General Motors, and National Board Chair at Teach for America.

Whitman holds a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts/Science from Princeton University.

 

Meg Whiteman

US Ambassador to Kenya

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