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Jeffrey Zients Appointed National Economic Council Director

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WhiteHouseJeffrey Zients, formerly acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, has been nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Gene Sperling as director of the National Economic Council.

Sperling will officially leave the White House Jan. 1 after four years in that role, the White House said Friday.

Zients previously served as OMB’s deputy director for management since 2009, when he also became the country’s first chief performance officer.

He also led OMB as acting director in two separate stints, first for four months in 2010 and again from January 2012 until April of this year.

The 20-year private sector veteran is a former chairman and CEO of The Advisory Board Co., chairman of the Corporate Executive Board and is also a co-founder of The Urban Alliance Foundation.

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