Biden nominates Meg Whitman as ambassador to Kenya

President BidenJoe BidenCourt nixes offshore drilling leases auctioned by Biden administration Laquan McDonald's family pushes for federal charges against officer ahead of early release Biden speaks with Ukrainian president amid Russian threat MORE will nominate Meg Whitman to serve as ambassador to Kenya, he announced on Wednesday.

Whitman, the former CEO of Quibi and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, was the Republican nominee for governor of California in 2010, losing to former Gov. Jerry Brown (D).  

She was one of the Republicans who endorsed Biden in his 2020 campaign, including speaking at the Democratic National Convention. Whitman was considered a possible Commerce secretary pick for Biden before he nominated then-Rhode Island Gov. Gina RaimondoGina RaimondoBiden to meet with CEOs to discuss Build Back Better agenda Commerce Dept warns factories vulnerable to shutdowns over computer chip shortage Chips, batteries and other technologies: A US-EU partnership is crucial MORE (D) in January. 


Whitman was finance co-chair on former New Jersey Gov. Chris ChristieChris ChristieTlaib blasts Biden judicial nominee whose firm sued environmental lawyer Some in GOP begin testing party's lockstep loyalty to Trump The 10 Republicans most likely to run for president MORE’s (R) 2016 presidential campaign, but once he dropped out, she endorsed then-Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Armageddon elections to come Poll: Trump leads 2024 Republican field with DeSantis in distant second The politics of 'mind control' MORE and was very critical of eventual winner Donald Trump.

In 2008, Whitman was on the national finance team for now-Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBuild Back Smaller: What's the best path forward for Democrats? Romney participating in fundraiser for Liz Cheney Budowsky: President Biden leads NATO against Russian aggression MORE’s (R-Utah) presidential campaign and was a national co-chair on the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainVoto Latino CEO: Sinema will have a 'very difficult pathway' in 2024 reelection Meghan McCain rips 'selfish' Sarah Palin for dining out despite COVID-19 diagnosis Poll: Sinema approval higher among Arizona Republicans than Democrats MORE’s (R-Ariz.) campaign after Romney left the race. Her name was floated as a potential Treasury secretary to McCain if he had won and, after she endorsed Romney in 2012, her name was floated as a Cabinet member for him as well. 

She currently is a member of the board of Procter & Gamble and General Motors and is the national board chair at Teach for America. She was head of the short-lived media venture Quibi until the company closed in October of last year. 

She was CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise from 2011 to 2017 and before that, was CEO of eBay from 1998 to 2008. She previously had served as president and CEO of Florists’ Transworld Delivery.

Whitman is also a former partner at Bain and Co., and has been in senior leadership positions at Hasbro and the Walt Disney Corporation.