|White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination|
March 19, 2018
|Preceded by||Rick Dearborn (Policy)|
|Born||Christopher Pell Liddell
April 24, 1958
Matamata, New Zealand
|Education||University of Auckland (BEng)
Worcester College, Oxford (MPhil)
Christopher Pell Liddell CNZM (born 24 April 1958) is a New Zealand-born US-citizen businessman and philanthropist, who serves in the Executive Office (the White House) of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, as the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination. He previously served as Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives. He has served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of General Motors (GM) and CFO of Microsoft, Senior Vice President and CFO of International Paper, and CFO of William Morris Endeavor (WME/IMG).
Liddell was born in Matamata, New Zealand, the youngest of five siblings. His father was a school teacher and died while Liddell was still young. His mother brought up the children by working a variety of jobs, including at Smith & Caughey's in Auckland. Liddell received his secondary education at Mount Albert Grammar School; he is described as "academically bright". Liddell is the only student in the history of the school to have been both Dux (academic champion) and Victor Ludorum (sporting champion), also being awarded the prize for the best player in the rugby First XV. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honors from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, and a Master of Philosophy degree from Oxford University in England.
He started his career working from 1983 to 1995 as an investment banker and rose to Joint CEO and Managing Director of CS First Boston NZ.
In 1995, Liddell trained for and completed the 1995 IRONMAN New Zealand Triathlon.
From 1999 to 2002, he was Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Carter Holt Harvey, an Asian Pacific forest products firm, then New Zealand’s second largest listed company with exports to Japan, China and Korea. He had been CFO of Carter Holt Harvey from 1995 to 1998.
In 2010 he was awarded New Zealand Business Leader of the Year.
In January 2010 Liddell joined General Motors (GM) as CFO and led the company's global finance operations, including the successful $23 billion GM initial public offering (IPO), at the time the largest in history. Previously, Liddell was a Senior Vice President and CFO of Microsoft where, from 2005 to December 2009, he was responsible for leading their worldwide finance organization. His responsibilities included overseeing corporate strategy, acquisitions, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, internal audits and investor relations. Prior to Microsoft, from 2003 to 2005, Liddell served as CFO of International Paper. Since 2014, he has been working as the CFO of WME-IMG, a privately held company, in the media, sports and entertainment industry.
In 2012, Liddell was Executive Director of Transition Planning for the Romney Presidential Campaign. Liddell is a recognized authority on presidential transitions and the author of Romney Readiness Project: Retrospectives and Lessons Learned. He also was a director and treasurer of the Romney for President fundraising campaign, a joint fundraising vehicle with the Republican National Committee (RNC).
In January 2017 he was appointed as Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives in Donald Trump's White House, on a salary of $30,000. He was appointed to the Office of American Innovation (OAI) when it was established on 27 March 2017, by virtue of his White House position. He was one of the four-person operational team of the OAI led by Jared Kushner, as of July 2017, where he was focusing on federal IT modernization.
In 2017, Chris and his brother John Liddell donated $1 million to Mount Albert Grammar.  Later that year, Liddell donated $450,000 to Auckland University to fund a postgraduate scholarship to Worcester College, Oxford.
He was chairman of Project Crimson, a conservation group, and is active in a number of environmental projects in New Zealand, such as the restoration of Rotoroa Island and the Abel Tasman National Park.
|White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy
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