Altman at White House for Meeting Amid Search for NEC Director

Evercore Partners Founder Roger Altman
Roger Altman, founder of Evercore Partners Inc. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Roger Altman, a candidate to replace Lawrence Summers as director of President Barack Obama’s National Economic Council, visited the White House this morning, according to an administration official.

Altman, the founder of Evercore Partners Inc. and a former deputy Treasury secretary, interviewed with President Barack Obama on Nov. 16 to head the White House group that coordinates policy making and economic advice for the president.

Altman was at the White House today for a meeting, according to the official, who requested anonymity. He didn’t meet Obama, who was out of the country on an unannounced trip Afghanistan.

“The president is considering a number of candidates, but no decisions have been made,” said Jen Psaki, an administration spokeswoman.

Obama has also discussed economic positions in the administration with former Procter & Gamble Co. Chief Executive Officer Alan Lafley and Yale University President Richard Levin, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Efforts to reach Altman, Lafley and Levin for comment today were unsuccessful. Lafley said in an e-mailed statement last month that “I am neither being considered for nor have I been offered” a job by the White House.

Among other candidates being considered are Jason Furman, a deputy NEC director, and Gene Sperling, a counselor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who held the NEC director’s job in the administration of President Bill Clinton, according to two people familiar with the matter.

The search for a director of the council has been under way at least since September, when Summers announced he would return at the end of the year to Harvard University, where he was once president.

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