Ron Bloom – manufacturing czar
NOTE: on July 13, 2009, Bloom took over as head of the Presidential Task Force on the Auto Industry, replacing Steven Rattner
- Title: Counselor to the Secretary of the Treasury
- Salary: unknown
- Reports to: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and National Economic Council head Larry Summers
- Appointed: July 2009
- Department that might have handled similar issues: Treasury
- A leader of the White House task force overseeing auto company bailouts; worked on restructuring of General Motors and Chrysler LLC.
- Was special assistant to president of the United Steelworkers union from 1996-Feb 2009
- Has negotiated restructuring deals for more than 50 companies, getting major concessions from unions and companies.
- Was raised in New York in a pro-union family, which included a schoolteacher mother and unionized relatives.
- After working for the Service Employees International Union (major funding source for ACORN), got an MBA from Harvard University because he thought unions lacked business smarts, he said in a 1996 interview in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- From 1985 to 1990, he worked as an investment banker with Lazard Freres & Co., which specializes in mergers, acquisitions and corporate restructuring, before co-founding the investment-banking firm Keilin and Bloom.