Christopher Liddell is Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Coordination at the White House. He previously served as Assistant to the President and Director of Strategic Initiatives.
As the Secretary General of the OECD, Liddell will draw upon decades of executive-level experience in the public and private sector to lead the OECD as it navigates post-COVID challenges.
Before joining the Trump Administration, Liddell served as Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer at General Motors, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Microsoft Corporation, and Chief Financial Officer of International Paper.
A dual citizen of the United States and New Zealand, he holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Auckland and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University.
While at Microsoft, Liddell was responsible for leading Microsoft Corp.'s worldwide finance organization, which included overseeing acquisitions, corporate strategy, treasury activities, tax planning, accounting and reporting, internal audit, and investor relations.
Before joining Microsoft, Liddell was CFO at International Paper C., the world's largest forest products company, with similar responsibilities. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer of Carter Holt Harvey Ltd., then New Zealand's second-largest listed company. He also has worked as an investment banker as managing director and joint CEO for CS First Boston NZ Ltd.
He has served as director of the New Zealand Rugby Union and governor of the New Zealand Sports Foundation. Liddell was a member of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Improvements to Financial Reporting.