IBM, Salesforce CEOs attend Trump roundtable with German Chancellor Merkel

IBM, Salesforce CEOs attend Trump roundtable with German Chancellor Merkel
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IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff joined President Trump’s roundtable discussion with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

In the meeting, Rometty intended to focus on discussing closing the “skills gap” and offering solutions to help citizens gain the technical aptitude necessary for some skilled jobs, IBM told The Hill. She will announce IBM’s plan to hire 2,000 veterans over the next four years.

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Rometty planed to emphasize P-Tech schools, an initiative IBM has been pushing that aims to get students in high school on track to enter the technology sector.

In a tweet, Benioff said he would also focus his comments in the meeting on workforce development, but with an eye toward gender equality.

Rometty is a member of Trump’s Presidential Strategic Advisory Forum, a group consisting of high-profile CEOs, including Tesla’s Elon Musk. Some have called for CEOs to step down from the group, arguing that membership is a tacit endorsement of the president. Rometty has defended her decision to stay on the forum.

Other meeting attendees included Joe Kaeser, CEO of Siemens AG, and Ivanka Trump, who was seated next to Merkel.