U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke tapped Stryker Corp. (NYSE:SYK) CEO Stephen MacMillan for the 2010 Manufacturing Council.
MacMillan will serve as the medical device and diagnostics industry’s representative on the 25-member federally chartered council.
"[MacMillan] will be a strong voice on the Manufacturing Council, helping to ensure that global manufacturing policies support rather than inhibit American medical innovation," Advanced Medical Technology Assn. CEO Stephen Ubl said in a prepared statement.
The Dept. of Commerce established a 15-member council in 2004 to advise the commerce secretary on the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector and government policies and programs affecting American manufacturers. The agency said it recently re-chartered the group to include 25 members from a more diverse cross-section of the country’s industries.
According to the Commerce Dept., the manufacturing sector accounts for 12 million U.S. jobs and the production of $1.6 trillion in manufactured products, which represents 18 percent of the world’s manufactured goods. According to AdvaMed, the medical technology industry supports almost 2 million jobs across the U.S.
“As a country we need to promote job creation in the private sector." MacMillan said in a prepared statement. "I believe that this council can have a positive impact on policies that will spur greater growth."