U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Thursday that the decision by the Biden administration to lift international travel restrictions in early November will be a boost to the U.S. economy, especially for tourist destinations like New York and for business travel.

Raimondo said the decision announced Monday to allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to fly to the United States “is huge. I think it will really be a boost to our economy, it will certainly be a boost to travel, tourism, hospitality.” To address COVID-19 concerns, the U.S. has barred most foreign nationals from coming to the United States who have recently been in 33 countries including China, South Africa, Brazil, India and much of Europe.

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler via Reuters.

Ana Paula Pessoa

Zurich-based Credit Suisse is appointing Ana Paula Pessoa as its chair in Brazil, effective from January, it said in an emailed statement. Pessoa, who is a director on the Swiss bank’s board, is to replace Ilan Goldfajn, who is taking a top job at the International Monetary Fund under Kristalina Georgieva, according to a separate statement.

Formerly Brazil’s top central banker, Goldfajn joined Credit Suisse two years ago to underpin its investment banking ambitions. His exit comes shortly alongside that of long-standing country chief José Olympio Pereira earlier this year. Goldfajn is leading the search to replace Pereira.

Rich Tradition

Pessoa is a 54-year-old Brazilian former media executive who also sits on various corporate boards including Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and France’s Vinci Group. She said in a statement that she will help Credit Suisse «seek new opportunities and strengthen our local presence.»


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In February 2013, US Airways announced that it would merge with American Airlines to create the world’s largest airline. During the acquisition integration process, CEO Doug Parker had to determine how best to combine the two airlines’ core systems, operating processes, and leadership teams, as well as the appropriate scope and speed of strategic changes. Parker knew that his choices would send important signals to employees, customers, and competitors.

by David G. Fubini David A. Garvin Carin-Isabel Knoop via Harvard Business Review.

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