Current and former business leaders endorse Clinton, call Trump unqualified

Current and former business leaders endorse Clinton, call Trump unqualified

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton meets voters at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Exposition Center in Raleigh on June 22. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

A group of current and former American business leaders released a collective endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Thursday, as the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate seeks to undermine the appeal that opponent Donald Trump’s business background holds for some voters.

The list includes some longtime Clinton supporters, such as investor Warren Buffett and cloud computing company Salesforce founder Marc Benioff. Others include Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb; Chicago Cubs co-owner Laura M. Ricketts; Reed Hastings, founder and chief executive of Netflix; Delta Airlines executive chairman Richard Anderson; and former General Motors chairman Dan Akerson.

“Donald Trump has failed to put forth concrete and realistic policies to help the American people and grow the economy. Our president must care about the success of the country as a whole — not just himself,” Mark Pincus, co-founder of online game maker Zynga, said in a statement issued by the Clinton campaign.

“The American people need an advocate, not an opportunist,” Pincus said.

The endorsements announced by Clinton’s campaign follow two days of campaign events intended to discredit Trump as unscrupulous and greedy in business, while presenting Clinton’s economic framework in contrast.

Trump’s appeal as an outsider with success in business and no government experience is both one of his strongest drawing cards and a potential vulnerability, Clinton strategists say. An early goal of the general election is to get voters to question Trump’s motives and skills in business as well as his commitment to helping others.

Trump is employing a similar strategy in reverse, attacking Clinton on Wednesday as unqualified and unprincipled. He sought to use her tenure as secretary of state against her, accusing her of using the post to benefit herself or her family charitable foundation.

“Trump would destroy much of what is great about America. Hillary Clinton is the strong leader we need, and it’s important that Trump lose by a landslide to reject what he stands for,” Hastings said in a statement issued by the campaign.

The list provided by the campaign follows:

  • Miki Agrawal, Founder and CEO of Thinx
  • Dan Akerson, Former Chairman and CEO of General Motors
  • Richard Anderson, Executive Chairman, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
  • Stewart Bainum Jr., Chairman of Choice Hotels International
  • James Bell, Former Interim CEO of Boeing; Former Corporate President and CFO of Boeing
  • Marc Benioff, Chairman and CEO of Salesforce
  • Nathan Blecharczyk, Co-Founder and CTO of Airbnb
  • Jeff Brotman, Co-Founder and Chairman of Costco Wholesale Corporation
  • Warren E. Buffett, Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc.
  • Robert Burt, Retired Chairman, CEO FMC Corporation; Former Chairman Business Roundtable
  • Ron Busby, President and CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers
  • Brook Byers, Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
  • Peter Chernin, CEO, The Chernin Group
  • Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and CEO of Airbnb
  • Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T Services, Inc.
  • David Crane, Former CEO of NRG Energy, Inc.
  • Erroll Davis, Retired Chancellor, University System of Georgia
  • Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC and Expedia
  • John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield, and Byers
  • Margot Dorfman, President and CEO of U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce
  • Candy Ergen, Co-Founder, DISH Network
  • Joe Gebbia, Co-Founder and CPO of Airbnb
  • Reed Hastings, Founder and CEO of Netflix
  • Reid Hoffman, Partner at Greylock
  • Drew Houston, Founder and CEO of Dropbox
  • George Hume, President and CEO of Basic American Foods
  • Irwin Jacobs, Founding Chairman and CEO Emeritus of Qualcomm
  • Paul Jacobs, Executive Chairman, Qualcomm
  • Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of Sama and Laxmi
  • Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Magic Johnson Enterprises
  • Robert Johnson, Chairman, The RLJ Companies and Founder of Black Entertainment Television
  • Andrea Jung, CEO of Grameen America, and Former CEO of Avon
  • Lynn Jurich, CEO and Co-Founder of Sunrun
  • David Karp, Founder and CEO of Tumblr
  • Ellen Kullman, Former Chair and CEO of DuPont
  • Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television
  • Ted Leonsis, Founder and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment
  • Aaron Levie, Co-Founder and CEO of Box
  • Peter Lowy, CEO of Westfield
  • Monica Lozano, Former Chairman and CEO, U.S. Hispanic Media
  • Rob Marcus, Former Chairman and CEO Time Warner Cable Inc.
  • William L. McComb, CEO (retired) of Liz Claiborne & Fifth and Pacific Companies, Inc.
  • Rebecca Minkoff, Founder of Rebecca Minkoff
  • Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman and CEO of Prologis
  • James J. Murren, Chairman and CEO, MGM Resorts International and Chairman, MGM Growth Properties
  • Charles Phillips, CEO of Infor
  • Mark Pincus, Co-Founder of Zynga
  • Laura M. Ricketts, Co-Owner, Chicago Cubs
  • Gary Rodkin, CEO (retired) of ConAgra Foods
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
  • Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Alphabet
  • Jim Sinegal, Co-Founder, Director and former CEO of Costco
  • Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO and Co-Founder, Yelp
  • Walter Ulloa, Chairman and CEO, Entravision Communications Corporation
  • Wendell P. Weeks, Chairman of the Board, CEO and President, Corning Incorporated
  • Anne Wojcicki, CEO and Co-Founder, 23andme

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