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May312011

Obama Calls On John Bryson to Head Commerce Department

Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will announce John Bryson, the former CEO of Edison International, as his choice to run the U.S. Department of Commerce, ABC News has learned.

The president was to make the announcement Tuesday afternoon in the Rose Garden, but because of the heat outdoors, the announcement was moved to the White House's State Dining Room.

An experienced business leader, Bryson serves on several corporate boards, including that of The Walt Disney Company, the parent company of ABC News.

In March, President Obama nominated Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to be the next U.S. Ambassador to China, replacing Jon Huntsman, who stepped down to explore a run for the presidency.

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