30 Jun '14, 9pm

White House nominates McDonald to lead VA

President Obama on Monday nominated former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald to serve as the eighth Veterans Affairs secretary — a move that puts an experienced corporate manager at the helm of the beleaguered department. Describing McDonald as “no-nonsense” and “pragmatic,” Obama said the former Army captain and 1975 U.S. Military Academy graduate knows that the “key is staying focused on the people you serve.” “Grand plans are not enough,” Obama said. “What matters is ... getting the job done.” McDonald, 61, who spent 33 years at P&G and served as its CEO for four of those years, is charged with fixing the ongoing problems involving patient appointments and delays in veterans care. He will be expected to restore credibility to a department under fire for patient deaths, hospital mismanagement and punitive actions taken against those who tried to expose the problems. On M...

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