The Obama Administration is expected to go the Walmart way when it nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation, to head up the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. According to numerous sources, cited by Talk Business, the announcement is expected to occur today.
Burwell will replace Jeffrey Zients, who has been the interim director for more than a year. She came to the Walmart Foundation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, was the deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton Administration and worked for a short time in the U.S. Department of Treasury.
The Walmart Foundation confirmed the nomination in a statement on Sunday.
“We congratulate Sylvia on her nomination by President Obama to be director of the Office of Management and Budget,” said Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke. “Sylvia is a strong leader who both masters the details and has a clear vision for making big things happen. She cares deeply about people and has natural personal warmth that enables her to build relationships and drive results that deliver impact. She understands business and the role that business, government and civil society must play to build a strong economy that provides opportunity and strengthens communities across the country. Sylvia does a great job leading the Walmart Foundation, and if confirmed by the Senate, will do a tremendous job serving our country.”