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Russell Stokes

SVP, GE
President & CEO, GE Power

 

Russell Stokes is the president and chief executive officer of GE Power and a senior vice president of GE. Power is a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire energy value chain from the point of generation to consumption. Powering more than a third of the world, it serves customers in more than 150 countries.

As a 20-year GE veteran, Russell has a wide range of GE leadership experience in addition to his deep industry, company and customer knowledge. Prior to leading Power, Russell was the president and chief executive officer of GE Energy Connections, the electrification, grid and controls business of GE. He also served as the president and chief executive officer of GE Transportation, a global leader in rail, mining and marine industries.

Russell has also held numerous leadership positions in finance, operations and services within GE Transportation, GE Aviation and GE Lighting. He started his career in sales for a PC manufacturer before joining GE. 

In addition to his executive leadership, Russell plays an active role in the Atlanta community. He is a member of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Atlanta Committee for Progress, Usher’s New Look Board, the Atlanta Junior Achievement Executive Committee, and the board of The Commerce Club, Atlanta, GA. Russell graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in finance and completed GE’s Financial Management Program.

 

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Ganesh Bell

VP, CDO

 

Ganesh Bell is GE's first chief digital officer & general manager of Software & Analytics, working across GE's largest industrial business, GE Power, as well as GE Software. In this position he leads digital innovation and transformation, and is responsible for the digital solutions business and digital engagement to drive business growth.

Ganesh has held leadership positions in strategy, products, engineering, and marketing across a rare mix of large industry leaders, startups, and fast growth companies. Recently he was executive vice president, general manager, and chief products officer at ServiceSource, and played a pivotal role in its growth and successful IPO by transforming the company to a multi-solution cloud and data services provider and the leader in recurring revenue management.

At SAP he was vice president of product strategy & management for the business intelligence & technology platform group of Business Objects and NetWeaver. Before that, he served as vice president of portfolio strategy in the Office of the CEO. Prior to SAP, he led platform strategy at PeopleSoft, integrating the J.D. Edwards product portfolio after acquisition where he served as chief software architect. As an entrepreneur, he created YouCentric’s leading CRM products and led its core development to successful acquisition by J.D. Edwards.  

 

 

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Keith W.Newman

VP, General Counsel

 

Keith W. Newman is Vice President and General Counsel for GE Power.

Keith began his career with GE in 1996 as Transactions & Finance Counsel for GE Corporate in Fairfield, Connecticut. Since then, he has held the title of General Counsel for GE Oil & Gas, Healthcare, Money, Plastics and Lighting.

Prior to joining GE, Keith was an Associate at the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1987 to 1996. He received his Juris Doctor and Masters’ in Business Administration degrees from the University of Texas in 1986 and his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University in 1981. Keith currently resides in London. 

 

 

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Michael Chanatry

VP, Global Supply Chain

 

Michael Chanatry is the vice president, global supply chain for GE Power. In this role he leads all demand planning, investment management, global sourcing, and manufacturing operations covering 30 plants across 13 countries. 

Prior to Mike’s  VP role with the Gas Power Systems business,  he served as general manager, supply chain for GE Appliances from 2013 to 2015,  where he was responsible for rebuilding manufacturing capability to enable product reshoring across 10 GE US plants employing over 8000 people.  From 2009 to 2013, he served as general manager for GE Aviation’s supply chain for electronic products, consisting of 14 plants globally. Mike has more than 32 years of experience with GE covering global sourcing, plant operations, program management, and business P&L leadership assignments.

Mike began his career with GE’s Aerospace business in Utica, N.Y., in 1983 as a procurement agent. He worked his way up through the sourcing chain in various key assignments from 1987 through 1992, and was instrumental in developing the consolidated procurement centers that are utilized today in divisions of Lockheed Martin (formerly GE Aerospace). Prior to joining GE Aerospace in 1983, Mike served as the commissioner of finance for Oneida County Offices of New York.

Mike graduated from Niagara University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and later attended Utica College of Syracuse University, where he completed studies as a member of the American Management Association in 1987.

Mike and his wife Terry have four children. 

 

 

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Danny Di Perna

VP, Global Sourcing

 

Danny Di Perna is vice president of global sourcing for GE Power. He is responsible for strategic sourcing, procurement, supplier quality and demand management & planning for the Gas Power Systems, Steam Power Systems and Power Services segments of the business.

Prior to joining GE, Danny was Pratt & Whitney’s Senior Vice President of Operations, responsible for new product development, sourcing, manufacturing, supply chain, supplier quality and production engine assembly. Di Perna led the operation’s organization for the development, certification and production readiness of the PurePower® family of engines and for the production of the F135 military engine.

Danny has more than 27 years of experience within the aerospace industry, including 24 years with United Technologies Corporation. He began his career at Pratt & Whitney Canada, where he held positions of increasing responsibility within engineering, marketing, manufacturing, supply chain and operations. In 2003, he became VP of Operations with broad supply chain responsibility. In 2006, Danny joined Air Canada Technical Services as the SVP, Aircraft and Engine Maintenance. In 2009, he returned to United Technologies Corporation, where he was VP and General Manager of the Auxiliary Power Division of Hamilton Sundstrand. In 2012, he became SVP Supply Chain for Pratt & Whitney in East Hartford, Connecticut, and was subsequently promoted to SVP of Operations in 2013.

Danny earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University and a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University, both located in Montreal, Canada. He and his wife, Molly, have three children.

 

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Robert Duffy

VP, Business Development

 

Robert (Rob) Duffy is a corporate officer of General Electric and currently serves as vice president, global head of business development/M&A at GE Power, GE’s largest industrial unit with over $28 billion of revenue annually. In this role, he oversees a global team focused on corporate strategy, portfolio optimization, and the origination and execution of mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, and technology investments.

In his previous role at GE, Rob was vice president for global business. In this role, he was responsible for implementation of GE's corporate acquisition and divestiture strategy across its businesses. Rob joined GE in 2003. Prior to that, he was a managing director in Credit Suisse First Boston’s M&A group both in New York and London.

He has worked on a number of GE’s major transactions including the sale of 49 percent of NBC Universal to Comcast and the sale of GE Plastic to Sabic. Most recently, he has worked on the acquisition of Alstom Power and Grid, the acquisition of Dresser Inc., Lufkin, Wood Group’s well support business, and Converteam.

Rob is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Wales, and the Georgetown University Law Center.

 

 

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Robert Green

VP, CFO

 

Robert Green is vice president and chief financial officer of GE Power and is responsible for planning and analysis, controllership, reporting and tax. Robert has over 26 years with GE holding a number of finance positions and was named a GE company officer in 2006.

Previously, Robert was CFO of GE Capital from 2013 to 2017 and was CFO of GE Capital International, based in London, from 2011 to 2013. He served as CFO of GE Capital Global Banking from 2009 to 2011. In addition, Robert has been the CFO for GE Americom, the largest U.S. satellite fleet operator, GE European Equipment Finance, and GE Amersham, a global healthcare business. Robert joined GE in 1990 as a member of the Financial Management Program (FMP), and held roles across various GE businesses before leading GE Capital’s Corporate Audit Staff in 2002 with oversight across 45 countries.

Robert graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in finance. He currently serves on the boards of buildOn, an organization that empowers U.S. urban youth to transform their neighborhoods through community service, and Domus, an organization focused on helping youth stay in school and catch up academically.

 

 

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Brian Gutknecht

CMO

 

Brian is the chief marketing officer for GE Power, leading market intelligence, strategy, branding and digital customer engagement. Brian has more than 25 years with GE, all in the energy space

Before assuming his current position in January 2016, Brian served as the product marketing general manager for the Gas Power Systems business within GE Power. Throughout his career with GE, Brian has held a variety of roles in application engineering, sales and commercial operations, pricing, and marketing.

Brian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University and a master’s degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Albany.

He and his wife Julie have three children and reside in Guilderland, NY

 

 

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Kelly Lafnitzegger

VP, Human Resources

 

Kelly became the vice president of human resources for GE Power on September 1, 2014. Her extensive HR background across a wide variety of GE businesses positioned her well to guide our employees through their journey with GE.

In 1989, Kelly joined GE on the Financial Management Program. In 1997, she moved into the Human Resources function and has a held a series of leadership roles in human resources and development in GE's Corporate, Capital, Healthcare, Global Research, and Transportation divisons.

Kelly holds a bachelor’s degree from Fairfield University and earned her master’s degree in human resources management and organizational behavior from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management.

 

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Andrew J. Lammas

VP, Gas Power Technology and CTO

 

John is vice president of gas power technology and chief technology officer for GE Power. He started his career as an apprentice with Rolls-Royce studying Mechanical Engineering at Salford University in Manchester, England.  After graduating with a first class honors degree he took role in gas turbine design with Rolls-Royce.

In 1985 John joined GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati, Ohio working as a design engineer on the CFM56 and F101/110 engines. Over the next 15 years John worked in a number of technical and managerial roles in design and systems engineering making significant contributions to many of GE engines including the GE90 where he resolved challenging engineering problems from the fan to low pressure turbine. In 1999 John took leadership of Product Support Engineering for the CF6 and GE90 fleets working with customers and the regulatory agencies. John’s last role with GE’s aircraft engine business was leading the engineering team responsible for the design and life management of the rotating parts for all of GE’s engines.

In early 2007 John was promoted to General Manager and Chief Engineer for GE Energy in Greenville, South Carolina. In this role John had engineering oversight for all of GE’s Power Generation Equipment: Heavy duty gas turbine, steam, solar, wind. nuclear, aero-derivatives and gas reciprocating engines. The following year he was promoted to General Manager of Thermal Systems and Gas Turbine Engineering.  

In 2010 John became a GE Officer and was named Vice President for Engineering, GE Oil and Gas (O&G) located in Florence, Italy. In this role he lead engineering teams covering O&G equipment and systems from subsea to pipeline compression and work on the acquistion and integration of several additions to the GE O&G portfolio.

He moved back to Greenville, SC, in 2012, as Vice President, Power Generation Technology for GE Power leading the engineering teams responsible for heavy duty gas turbines, steam turbines, generators and associated accessory systems.  His recent contributions include the design and validation of the next generation of Heavy Duty Gas Turbines the “”HA’s”.  In March of this year he was also named as CTO for GE Power.

 

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Andreas Lusch

President & CEO, Steam Power Systems

 

Andreas Lusch is the president and chief executive officer of Steam Power Systems for GE Power. He oversees GE’s complete portfolio of turnkey power plant solutions, including the industry’s widest range of generators and steam turbines, air quality control systems and turbine island solutions for nuclear applications.

Andreas has been working in the power and energy industry for more than 27 years. Prior to joining GE, he was the senior vice president of Alstom Thermal Power’s Steam and Nuclear businesses, where he had global responsibility for Alstom’s steam and nuclear portfolios. In this role, he was in charge of integrating Alstom Power products into power plants through engineering, procurement and construction services for worldwide gas-, oil- and coal-based power plant customers.

Andreas began his career in 1987 in the engineering and construction division of the ThyssenKrupp Group (Krupp Koppers and Uhde), and held a variety of roles of increasing significance during his time with the company. Beginning as a process engineer, he worked his way up to the head of sales and tendering in the ThyssenKrupp Group’s oil and gas division, and in 1998, became responsible for the oil and gas division within Uhde GmbH. After Uhde GmbH, Andreas went on to Lurgi Oil Gas Chemie GmbH and later to Lurgi AG.

Andreas was educated in Germany and studied chemical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe.

 

 

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Joe Mastrangelo

President & CEO, Gas Power Systems

 

Joe Mastrangelo is the president and chief executive officer of Gas Power Systems for GE Power, overseeing global operations of GE’s heady-duty and aeroderivative gas turbines, steam turbines, generators, gas engines for power generation and gas compression and controls businesses. GE’s Power Generation business has the largest delivered fleet of gas turbines as well as gas engines for combined heat and power, in the world with more than 7,400 turbines operating in 112 countries, and a manufacturing footprint in the Americas, Europe, and Asia to serve its global customers. Joe assumed this role in September 2015 and is based in Schenectady, New York.

Over the past 16 years, Joe built broad operating experience across the energy value chain, leading mechanical and electrical technology businesses. Prior to this role, Joe was CEO of GE's Power Conversion business, which applies the science and systems of power conversion, including process controls, automation systems and high-efficiency power electronics, motors and generators, to help increase the efficiency of the world's energy infrastructure.  Joe also spent 10 years with GE Oil & Gas, in a progression of leadership roles in finance, quality, and commercial operations, culminating in being named a GE Corporate Officer in 2008 while leading GE’s Turbomachinery business.

Joe began his career with GE in 1993 through the company’s Financial Management Program, after which he joined GE's Corporate Audit Staff, where he held a series of global assignments, including a two-year role as an executive audit manager in Fairfield, Connecticut.  

Joe was born in Harrison, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Science in finance from Clarkson University and holds an Associate in Science in business administration from Westchester Community College in New York. He and his wife Marta have two children.

 

 

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Scott L. Strazik

President & CEO, Power Services

Scott is the president and chief executive officer of GE’s Power Services business, a $15 billion revenue organization focused on after-market power generation services and solutions. In this role, Scott is responsible for developing and delivering a global services strategy that offers power producers the technology, services, knowledge and insights to make better decisions across the entire lifecycle of their power generation assets. The largest industrial services business in GE, Power Services has approximately 26,000 people in more than 150 countries.

Scott has more than 17 years of operations and leadership experience. In 2011, he was named Chief Financial Officer for GE Aviation’s Commercial Engine Operations organization, and In July 2016, was named Chief Financial Officer for GE’s Gas Power Systems business, a $10 billion revenue organization focused on gas power generation technology and solutions. Most recently he was the Sales and Commercial Operations leader for the GE’s Gas Power Systems business.

Scott was named an officer of the General Electric Company in 2015 and appointed to his current role in October 2017. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell University, as well as a Master’s degree from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs with a focus on Economics and Public Policy.

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Jay Wileman

President & CEO, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

 

Jay Wileman was named president and chief executive officer of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) on Nov. 2, 2015. In this role, he is responsible for leading the $1 billion nuclear business with 3,000 employees and manufacturing, service, and sales facilities around the globe. He is also responsible for managing the joint venture between the General Electric Corp. and Hitachi Corp.

Previously he served as senior vice president of Nuclear Plant Projects and chief operating officer, a position he assumed in 2012.

Prior to that, Jay led GE Energy’s efforts across Sub-Saharan Africa, serving as its president since 2009. He led the team that provides integrated product and service solutions that meet Africa’s needs in oil, natural gas, power generation, water, renewables, and new grid modernization.

A seasoned executive with more than 25 years’ experience, he has a wealth of international knowledge, having led a great number of global teams to success across the energy spectrum while on assignment. Since joining GE in 1994, Jay has held positions in engineering, manufacturing, industrial services and financial services in the U.S., Japan, Italy, Australia, and South Africa. Prior to assuming the Sub-Saharan Africa energy role, he served as GE’s global mining leader. Before that, Jay was president and CEO of GE Equipment Services-Rail Services, where he managed and led the business’ railcar and intermodal services and leasing fleet. He also served for four years as general manager for Global Services for GE Oil & Gas in Florence, Italy where he led double-digit growth in customized service agreements. Additionally, he drove the development of conventional services into technology-based solutions for a worldwide customer base.

He has had past extensive experience in GE’s nuclear business where he spent more than eight years in progressively larger positions in engineering, manufacturing, business development, and services. Jay was a nuclear fuel engineer and commercial manager for Southern Nuclear before he joined GE.

Jay received a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering from Mississippi State University and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.