New US Treasury chief named
Nikhil Kumar is The Independent's New York correspondent. He was formerly assistant editor on the foreign desk and has also done a variety of jobs on the city desk, where he wrote about markets, commodities and other business and economics topics.
Wednesday 09 January 2013
Jack Lew, the White House chief of staff, is expected to be named the new Treasury Secretary by President Barack Obama tomorrow, replacing Tim Geithner, who is likely to depart by the end of the month.
The appointment, widely expected in the wake of Mr Geithner’s decision to step down from the job he has held since Mr Obama entered office in 2009, will put Mr Lew at the centre of the debate on raising the federal debt ceiling.
Mr Lew was named chief of staff after the departure of Bill Daley in early 2012.
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