On election day, CEOs and leadership | Business Roundtable

Contact

  • General Inquiries
    202.872.1260
    info@brt.org
  • Mailing Address
    300 New Jersey Avenue, NW
    Suite 800
    Washington, D.C. 20001
  • Media Contact
    Betsy Andres Stewart
    Vice President
    bstewart@brt.org

Membership Contact
LeAnne Redick Wilson
Senior Vice President
​lwilson@brt.org

    

What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.

About BRT

On election day, CEOs and leadership

Nov 6, 2012

Business Roundtable President John Engler called into Detroit TV station  WXYZ's live election coverage this afternoon. Reporter Chuck Stokes asked Engler what it is that BRT's CEOs want from Washington. Engler responded:

I represent CEOs of major companies…They represent some $7 trillion of revenue, so they’re big companies. For the most part they’re pretty global companies.

What they have are massive responsibilities where they have to lead. They can’t put decisions off. They can’t defer hard choices.  They have to make them or they get fired. I mean, they’re out of their jobs.

And they want to see leadership in Washington in the most urgent way.

We put out in March, Chuck, a report, a “CEO plan” we called it, for taking action to create jobs and economic development. It was “Taking Action for America.”

Most of these men and women who are these CEOs were born here, went to school here, grew up and became successful leaders here.

They want their companies to do well, and they know their companies will do well if the country’s doing well. They want to hire. They want to invest. And so they need decisions to be made to provide certainty.

I think that’s what they’re saying. “Out of this election: Leadership.”