Monday, January 19, 2015

Davos 2015: The U.S. Contingent

The World Economic Forum, held annually in Davos, Switzerland, published a short list of world leaders expected to attend this week's gathering of billionaires and those executing their political will.  The list showed the following attendees from the United States:

John Kerry, Secretary of State
Al Gore, Generation Investment Management
Mary Barra, GM CEO
Melissa Mayer, Yahoo President and CEO
Eric Schmidt, Google Executive Chairman

A second list showed Commerce Secretary Penny Pritsker and a smattering of U.S. Congressmen attending Davos.

Other notables include U.S. Trade Czar Michael Froman and USAID's Rajiv Shah.  They'll attend an event with an expected 1,700 private jets.

I'll peruse the speaker list for private equity underwriters (PEU's). The Carlyle Group's David Rubenstein usually appears on a PEU panel and often interviews one of his peers.  I'll report what I find.

Update 1-20-15:  The Guardian reported Obama is ready to push the Froman negotiated Trans Pacific partnership.  Are there enough Congressmen in Davos to swing the tide Obama's way?

Update 1-24-15:  U.S. Treasury Chief Lew showed up in Davos.