President Barack Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce is a board member of The Walt Disney Co. and a former chairman of the board of Edison International, Multichannel News reports.
The nominee is John Bryson, who also is a former head of the California Public Utilities Commission.
If he gets the position, Bryson will succeed Gary Locke, who is the new U.S. ambassador to China. Bryson would resign from the Disney board.
Disney President Bob Iger said in a statement: "John has been an incredibly valuable member of our Board, bringing experience and insight to complex issues. He is a proven leader, with strong strategic vision and business savvy, along with a keen grasp of policy and its impact on the business environment. It’s an ideal combination for a U.S. Commerce Secretary, one that bodes well for the country’s long-term economic growth and competiveness."