Here are thumbnail sketches of appointees announced Tuesday by President-elect George Bush.
Robert Mosbacher, commerce secretary
Robert Mosbacher Sr., 61, a Houston oilman, served as finance chairman during George Bush's presidential campaign. The two men are close friends.
Like Bush, Mosbacher was raised on the East Coast, where his father made a fortune in the stock market. After graduating from The Choate School and Washington and Lee University, he headed West with his pregnant wife. He established Mosbacher Petroleum Co.
Mosbacher, an avid sailor, is now worth about $200 million, with interests in real estate and ranching as well as oil. His third wife, socialite Georgette Mosbacher, recently purchased La Prairie skin care company for $35 million.
Mosbacher's older brother, Emil or "Bus," was chief of protocol during the Nixon administration.
Carla Hills, U.S. trade representative
Carla Hills, 54, ex-Cabinet official, lawyer, wife, mother and top tennis player, is a role model for today's superwoman. The daughter of a wealthy Los Angeles businessman, Hills graduated from Stanford University and Yale Law School.
She worked as a private attorney and assistant attorney general in the Justice Department before then-President Ford named her secretary of housing and urban development in 1975. At the time she was confirmed, Hills was only the third woman Cabinet officer in history and the first in 20 years.
Since leaving government, Hills has worked in private law practice, most recently as co-director of the Washington office of the New York firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges.
Her husband, Roderick Hills, is the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission. They have four children ranging in age from 19 to 29.
Michael Boskin, Council of Economic Advisers chief
Boskin, 43, a Stanford University professor, served as a top Bush campaign adviser on economic matters. Over the years, he has worked as a consultant to the Defense, Treasury, Labor and old Health, Education and Welfare departments.
A native of New York, Boskin moved to Los Angeles with his family when he was 6. His father was working as a construction contractor, his mother as a bookkeeper and then an accountant. He studied economics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he was named the outstanding graduate of the Class of 1967.
Boskin wrote his doctoral dissertation on the effects of welfare and other income-maintenance programs on the size of the labor force.
He is described today as a hard-line Republican, but at Berkeley in the tumultuous '60s Boskin was known as quite liberal.
William Webster, CIA director
William Webster, 64, has been director of the CIA since 1987. A former head of the FBI, Webster was chosen for the slot after the Senate balked at confirming CIA deputy director Robert M. Gates for the top job because of the Iran-Contra affair. Gates withdrew his nomination.
A native of St. Louis, Webster received his bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.
He practiced law in St. Louis and served briefly as U.S. attorney for eastern Missouri. President Nixon appointed him to the U.S. District Court bench in 1971 and to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1973.
Thomas R. Pickering, United Nations ambassador
Pickering, 57, is one of the State Department's highest-ranking diplomats. He has had several ambassadorial assignments, including Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria and Jordan.
Pickering's primary experience is in the Middle East, but he has also worked in other posts at the State Department. From 1978 to 1981, he was assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs.
A native of Orange, N.J., Pickering graduated from Bowdoin College and received a master's degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. For three years in the 1950s he was a lieutenant commander in the Navy.