US President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated former Hewlett Packard CEO and president Meg Whitman as America’s ambassador to Kenya.
She is likely to replace Kyle McCarter who left in January 2021.
Margaret C. Whitman (Meg), a business executive and former candidate for Governor of California, is a Member of the Board of Procter and Gamble and General Motors, and National Board Chair at Teach for America, White House said in a dispatch.
Whitman spent decades in high-level corporate roles, but she has also been politically active for years.
She ran in 2010 as a Republican for governor in California but lost to Democrat Jerry Brown.
Whitman, a billionaire former Republican commonly known by her nickname “Meg,” was a major donor backing Democrat Biden’s campaign.
US media outlets said last year, she gave $500,000 to the Biden Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee that benefited the Biden campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
Wealthy donors often get ambassadorships in Democratic and Republican administrations alike