New Zealander promoted to top role in Trumps White House

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Chris Liddell joined the administration during the transition after Donald Trump's election.

Liddell, former chief financial officer at Microsoft and General Motors, will be given the title of deputy chief of staff for policy coordination, Politico reports.

He worked on the Trump transition effort and had been working on projects in the White House Office of American Innovation, which was created in March previous year to leverage business ideas and potentially privatise some government functions.

"In his new role Chris will manage the policy process as we continue to enact the President's agenda", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a press release Monday, noting that Liddell (pictured above, right) "will work closely with Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Joe Hagin".

Chris Liddell now serves as the White House director of strategic initiatives and he will likely be controlling the policy-making decisions in his new position.


He went on to have a stellar business career in the USA, starting as CFO of Carter Holt's parent International Paper then going on to senior roles at Microsoft and General Motors.

US President Donald Trump and Chris Liddell, director of strategic initiatives, on December 14, 2017.

Liddell was one of the people Trump considered naming as his top economic adviser after the first person to hold the job, Gary Cohn, quit earlier this month.

New Zealand born Chris Liddell previously worked for Microsoft from 2005-2009 and was in charge of the company's worldwide finance organizations. Mr. Trump last week named CNBC commentator.

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