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  Obama Said to Consider Ex-Pfizer CEO, Google's Schmidt for Commerce Chief
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Last EditedAJ  Mar 10, 2011 02:10am
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News DateWednesday, March 9, 2011 08:25:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionObama administration officials are considering former Pfizer Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Kindler as well Google Inc. CEO Eric Schmidt to replace Gary Locke as Commerce secretary, a signal that President Barack Obama may look to business to fill a top trade job, according to a person familiar with the process.

Ron Kirk, the U.S. trade representative, also is a potential candidate for the job, according to another person. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because no decisions have been made.

Obama said today that he is nominating Locke to be the next U.S. ambassador to China, succeeding Jon Huntsman, whose resignation is effective April 30.
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