Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s choice to be his next secretary of Health and Human Services, brings experience in budgeting and management and one other important qualification: proven ability to get confirmed by a divided U.S. Senate.
The departure of Kathleen Sebelius from President Barack Obama’s cabinet removes a focal point for criticism over Obamacare’s troubled rollout, right at a moment when the White House can blunt attacks with enrollment numbers that exceeded targets.
Tadataka “Tachi” Yamada led global health programs for Bill and Melinda Gates, oversaw GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s research, was head physician at the University of Michigan and wrote gastroenterology textbooks. He now has an even bigger task: revitalizing drug development for a company that’s not found a blockbuster in 13 years.
The richest people on the planet got even richer in 2013, adding $524 billion to their collective net worth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 300 wealthiest individuals.