Washington, United States (4E) – U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated business executive Sally Jewell as head of Interior Department amid concerns that his top cabinet appointments lack diversity.
Critics have blamed Obama for picking only middle-aged white men in top jobs of his second-term as president.
However, with Jewell’s nomination, the president showed that he is more determined to fulfil his pledge to promote diversity by settling on prominent females at top positions.
Senate is yet to confirm Jewell, who currently is president of an outdoors retail chain named Recreational Equipment Inc. If confirmed, she will replace Ken Salazar, who takes care of U.S. national resources, wildlife, tribal issues and national parks.
Introducing Jewell at the White House, Obama said she knew the link between conservation and good jobs. “She knows that there’s no contradiction between being good stewards of the land and our economic progress – that, in fact, those two things need to go hand and hand. She’s shown that a company with more than $1 billion in sales can do the right thing for our planet,” Obama said.
The National Wildlife Federation has welcomed Obama’s nomination and expressed optimism over her ability to protect national treasures.