Carlos Gutierrez, the former chief executive of cereal giant Kellogg, was sworn in Monday as the nation's 45th Commerce secretary.
On his first day on the job, Gutierrez spoke to employees at the department's headquarters, pledging to build on the record of Bush's first Commerce chief, Donald Evans, who resigned to return to Texas.
"Through our efforts to open markets, we can work together with other departments and Congress to strengthen America's economy," Gutierrez said in brief remarks.
Gutierrez, one of two Hispanics in Bush's second-term Cabinet, has the job of bolstering the fortunes of U.S. manufacturers, a sector that lost 2.7 million jobs over the past four years as the country's trade deficit soared to record levels.
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