WOODSIDE, Calif.--President Barack Obama, his entourage fighting through a driving rain and wind storm, visited the tiny hamlet of Woodside Feb. 17 for a dinner with the captains of the IT industry to talk mostly about job creation and education. It was Obama's eighth visit to the Bay Area and the first that didn't involve political fund raising. It was a private meeting at the home of Kleiner Perkins venture capitalist John Doerr that allowed no interaction with members of the press.
The invited group of Silicon Valley executives included Doerr; Cisco Systems' CEO John Chambers; Google CEO Eric Schmidt; Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Stanford University President John Hennessy; Twitter CEO Dick Costolo; Oracle CEO Larry Ellison; Netflix CEO Reed Hastings; Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz; Apple Chairman and CEO Steve Jobs; Genentech Chairman and former CEO Art Levinson; and venture capitalist Steve Westly.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini was also on the guest list. The White House said on Feb. 18 that Otellini will be named to a panel of experts advising the president about jobs creation.
Otellini will join the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, created in January to focus on lifting hiring and promoting growth, Reuters reported.