Their comments in the wake of the election range from broad congratulations to commitments to diversity to blunt talk.
As technology industry and the Washington state business community as a whole continues to assess the potential impact of a Trump administration on their business, more of the region’s executives have offered their comments. They range from broad congratulations and other platitudes to commitments to diversity and inclusion.
Here’s a sampling of public reaction from the leaders of big technology companies with ties to Washington state, from Amazon to Zillow.
Amazon.com Chief Executive Jeff Bezos: “ Congratulations to @realDonaldTrump. I for one give him my most open mind and wish him great success in his service to the country.”
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Expedia Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi: “As tech leaders we have to admit that we are hugely disconnected with our nation. I don’t like it but have to recognize the issue.”
LinkedIn Chief Executive Jeff Weiner: “I’m not certain what a Trump administration will mean for the country. If Brexit and this process have taught me anything, it’s how unpredictable seemingly predictable outcomes have become. What I am certain about is my value system … that no matter what our political leanings, our race, religion, gender, creed, or country of origin, we treat each other with respect, with compassion, and, above all else, we take care of one another.”
Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella: “We witnessed the democratic process in action here in the U.S. The results are of importance around the world, and I know that interest is shared among Microsoft employees. We congratulate the president-elect, and look forward to working with all those elected [Tuesday]. Our commitment to our mission and values are steadfast, and in particular fostering a diverse and inclusive culture”
RealNetworks Chief Executive Rob Glaser: “The most disastrous night in American political history in my adult lifetime.”
T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere: “Congrats to the new POTUS, @realDonaldTrump. Let’s see what an out of the box, non-typical, non-politician can do for America!”
Zillow Executive Chairman Rich Barton: “Don’t panic.”