April 17, 2009

VIDEO: Jeffrey Zients, Obama's Chief Performance Officer

Hope this pick works out well

VIDEO: Jeffrey Zients, Obama's Chief Performance Officer


President Barack Obama named men including Jeffrey Zients, who have been executives at Washington-area businesses to lead efforts to improve the government’s use of technology and the performance of federal employees.

In his weekly Saturday morning radio address, Obama announced the appointment of investor Jeffrey Zients, former CEO of the Advisory Board Co. and former chairman of the Arlington-based Corporate Executive Board Co. , as federal chief performance officer...

...Jeffrey Zients is managing partner of Portfolio Logic LLC, an investment company that concentrates on health care and business services. Zients founded the company after he left the Advisory Board in 2004, where he had served as chairman since 2001. Previously Zients was chief operating officer of the Advisory Board from 1996 to '98 and CEO from 1998 to 2001. He was chairman of The Corporate Executive Board from 2000 to 2001. He currently serves on the board of Sirius XM Radio Inc.

A group led by Jeffrey Zientz and D.C. venture capitalist Fred Malek made a bid to become the owner of the Washington Nationals in 2006 but lost out to a group led by the Lerner family.

Jeffrey Zients wasn’t Obama’s first choice for chief performance officer. The president nominated Nancy Killefer, senior director in the D.C. office of management consulting business McKinsey & Co., for the position in January, but she withdrew the next month because of the publicity over tax problems related to her household help.

The chief performance officer also serves as deputy director of management in the Office of Management and Budget.

VIDEO: Jeffrey Zients, Obama's Chief Performance Officer

Posted at April 17, 2009 4:42 PM