The appliance manufacturer said it wants to continue to work on the Manufacturing Jobs Initiative, and “to provide input and advice on ways to create jobs and strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness.” But added that it supports an “open and inclusive culture that respects people of all races and backgrounds.”
John Ferriola, CEO of Nucor, said the company condemns the violence over the weekend and he will continue to serve on the council, saying in a statement, “We believe a strong manufacturing sector is the backbone of a strong economy.”
International Paper spokesperson Tom Ryan echoed the response from Ferriola condemning the violence over the weekend and adding the company “fosters an inclusive workforce.”
Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison will remain on the council to “have a voice and provide input” on matters concerning the company, Campbell Soup said in a statement.
Dell also indicated no change in engagement with the administration for its CEO, Michael Dell.
Several executives have already left the president’s advisory groups for other reasons, including former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who resigned in February over the administration’s immigration policies, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk and Disney’s Bob Iger, who both left in June after Trump said he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
In addition, several executives were no longer part of the council as they were no longer CEOs. They include: Mark Fields of Ford, Klaus Kleinfeld of Arconic, and Mario Longhi of U.S. Steel.
Times like these can be “a real test of leadership character” for executives, said management expert Jeffrey Sonnenfeld on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” on Monday. “There’s no blueprint here and we can see which CEOs are passing the exam on this one and which ones are failing,” he said.
Several other CEOs who weren’t part of the manufacturing council did comment on Frazier’s resignation.
Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO, said she supported Frazier’s decision.
“I’m thankful we have business leaders such as Ken to remind America of its better angels,” Whitman continued.
@MegWhitman: “I support Ken Frazier’s decision. I’m thankful we have business leaders such as Ken to remind America of its better angels.”
Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, also supported the decision, saying it showed “strong leadership.”
@PaulPolman: Thanks @Merck Ken Frazier for strong leadership to stand up for the moral values that made this country what it is
At PepsiCo, CEO Indra Nooyi said she was “heartbroken” by the violence from the weekend, but she did not make any reference to Frazier’s resignation.