NEW YORK — John H. Bryan, chairman and chief executive officer of Sara Lee Corp., shot down any speculation Wednesday that he might be named commerce secretary.
“It’s just not valid at all. I have no intentions whatsoever of going into a government post,” Bryan told WWD.
Reports this week said Bryan was on a short list of candidates for the Commerce post. Commerce Secretary Mickey Kantor has privately said he would stay on for the Clinton second term only if he were named attorney general or chief of staff.
Bryan was interviewed here before he hosted Sara Lee’s annual Frontrunner Awards luncheon at the Plaza Hotel. The awards recognize women’s advancements in the arts, business, the humanities and government.
“I like intensely what I do,” said the 60-year-old Bryan, “and I want to continue what I do until normal retirement age — which will probably extend past President Clinton’s retirement age.”