Conservative leader David Cameron has appointed Google's Eric Schmidt, along with small group of senior business people, to a newly formed working group focused on economic recovery.
Schmidt, Google’s chairman and chief executive, has been appointed to the Conservative's “Economic Recovery Committee” as an international business adviser.
The appointment of Schmidt is a coup for Cameron. The California-based internet guru has also advised then-president elect Barack Obama on economic policy and was at one point expected to be appointed his chief technology officer .
During a monthly news conference, Cameron said the committee "are not carrying Conservative Party membership cards."
"But they will be sitting around the table with me and my economic team on a fortnightly basis, looking at the issues in front of the British economy and the plans we will need for the future."
Other members of the committee include Sir Chris Gent, the former Vodafone chief executive, Simon Wolfson, the Next chief executive, Sir Brian Pitman, a former chief executive of Lloyd's TSB and Baroness Sheila Noakes, a Tory peer.
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