Tory leader David Cameron has appointed Google CEO Eric Schmidt as an advisor on his new economic recovery committee.
Schmidt, who also previously headed Novell, has already advised US president Barack Obama on economic policy.
Cameron said members of his economic recovery committee did not have to be card-carrying members of the Tories.
"They will be sitting around the table with me and my economic team on a fortnightly basis, looking at the issues in front of the British economy and the plans we will need for the future," said Cameron.
Other members of the committee include Sir Chris Gent, the former Vodafone chief executive, Simon Wolfson, the Next chief executive, and Sir Brian Pitman, a former chief executive of Lloyd's TSB.