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Marina Whitman
  Marina v.N. Whitman

Professor Whitman Appointed to the State's Investment Advisory Committee

10/21/2004 --

Committee reviews and makes recommendations regarding investments, goals and objectives of retirement funds.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–Gov. Jennifer Granholm has appointed Marina v.N. Whitman, professor of business administration and public policy at the University of Michigan, to the state’s investment advisory committee.

"This appointment is exciting for me," said Whitman, who has a joint appointment at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. "I have served on similar committees as an independent director of several multi-national corporations. I'm an admirer of Governor Granholm and delighted to be involved, however peripherally, with what she’s trying to accomplish in the state of Michigan."

The investment advisory committee reviews investments, goals and objectives of retirement funds and submits recommendations based upon its findings.

Whitman's background includes more than 40 years of service in the public, academic and private sectors and more than 20 honorary degrees. A member of the President's Council of Economic Advisers from 1972-73, she’s no stranger to governmental affairs. Her private-sector experience includes serving as chief economist and vice president and group executive for public affairs at General Motors Corp., from which she retired in 1992.

Whitman received a BA degree in government from Radcliffe College and her MA and PhD degrees in economics from Columbia University. Whitman serves on the boards of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Institute for International Economics and the Institute for Advanced Study.

Her research focuses on international trade and investment, trade policy and labor-market adjustment, the changing role of U.S. multinational corporations and the question of global convergence toward a common model of capitalism.

For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat
Phone: (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847