About that Commerce Nominee, Dennis Hightower

By August 5, 2009General

The Senate Commerce Committee’s confirmation hearing this morning for Dennis F. Hightower to serve as Deputy Secretary of Department of Commerce deserves notice separate from the CPSC nominees. He’s an impressive nominee, who, as the White House release noted, “is a seasoned business executive with extensive global general management experience. ” And indeed, “His distinguished career spans the private and public sectors, including more than 30 years of experience in global marketing, strategic planning, operations and international general management.”

We appreciate his manufacturing experience. His previous position was in communication and entertainment, as CEO Europe Online Networks S.A., a privately held broadband interactive entertainment company based in Luxembourg.

Before that, from 1987-96, Hightower was a senior executive for the Walt Disney Co., where his responsibilities included overseeing Consumer Products, Europe/Middle East and Africa. Thus, global manufacturing, supply chain and retail experience …

Also, he recently served on the Boards of Directors of Accenture, Domino’s Pizza, Lightfleet (a start-up high technology company), and privately-held Brown Capital Management.  He has formerly served as a board member of The Gillette Company, Northwest Airlines, PanAmSat Corporation, Phillip-Van Heusen Corporation, The TJX Companies, Inc., and as a member of the Price Waterhouse Chairman’s Advisory Council. Lots of manufacturing experience there.

And one shouldn’t overlook his Army service in Vietnam (major by 27) and Harvard MBA.

All of which is to say, good luck!

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