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.
President & CEO, GE Power Conversion Business
Azeez is the President & CEO of Power Conversion, a business unit of GE Power. Headquartered in Paris, France, Power Conversion drives the electric transformation of the world’s energy infrastructure across multiple industries. At the forefront of the digital electrification revolution, Power Conversion is electrifying tomorrow’s energy with efficient advanced motor, drive and control technologies allowing customers to evolve their industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future.
Power Conversion serves renewables, oil & gas, marine, industrial and utilities customers by connecting all the resources and scale of the world’s first digital industrial company.
Before taking his role in Power Conversion, Azeez was President & CEO, Middle East and Africa for Power Services, a $15 billion organization within GE Power that is a combination of GE’s Power Generation Services and Alstom’s Thermal Services businesses, offering GE customers total plant capabilities, local resources and expertise and strong collaboration to help them be more successful. Azeez contributed to building R&D and a strong local team and penetrated tough markets such as Iraq and Libya through creative business models. He was instrumental in leading GE’s digital transformation, helping to position the organization as the world’s foremost digital-industrial company by launching innovative customer solutions in the power and LNG sectors.
Azeez started his career with GE Research & Development in 1998, where he worked on advanced technologies for application in the Energy and Healthcare industries. He then joined GE’s Corporate Audit Staff in 2002 and graduated as a senior audit manager in 2006. That same year, he led the Energy Services Simplification initiative in GE Energy where he was responsible for simplifying and creating transparency in the P&L to create a stable platform for growth. In 2008 he was named general manager of Contractual Services for Latin America, where he built a strong team and localized them in the key Latin American countries. He also converted the business into a growth engine with sustained double digit growth.
Azeez holds both a master’s degree and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology – Madras.
He is based in Paris, France.
VP, Business Development
Robert (Rob) Duffy is the vice president of business development/M&A at GE Power. 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.
Reinaldo A. Garcia
President & CEO, Grid Solutions, GE
Reinaldo Garcia is president and Chief Executive Officer of Grid Solutions, a GE and Alstom joint venture in GE Power.
Prior to this role, he was responsible for all Company operations across Latin America. Under his leadership, GE’s Latin America region almost doubled its order intake in just four years.
Reinaldo has served in several strategic leadership roles at the General Electric Company since 1985. He has a diverse background in general management, sales, services, product development, finance and supply chain.
Throughout his extensive GE career, Reinaldo has been based in the U.S., UK, France and Brazil working for a variety of GE businesses including Lighting, Energy and Healthcare in addition to Corporate. He started his career with GE Lighting in Cleveland, Ohio, in the Financial Management Program.
Originally from Brazil, Reinaldo is a multilingual world citizen. He attended Law School at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and holds a degree in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
VP, Strategic Technology Officer
Eric Gebhardt is strategic technology officer at GE Power and an officer of the General Electric Company. With the focus of making electricity generation, transmission, distribution and utilization more valuable, efficient and productive, Eric provides the overall strategic direction for the GE Power product portfolio as well as leading an internal incubator focused on the exponential technologies of battery energy storage, distributed energy resource management, virtual power plant and hybridization of generation.
He works across the GE company to connect and leverage technologies from Power, Aviation, Oil & Gas and Global Research to create solutions for our customers. He has been key contributor to GE’s Industrial Internet, focusing on software and analytics, and was also a key thought leader in GE’s cultural transformations of FastWorks and Growth Boards, to simplify internal investment and create start-up and venture capital behaviors inside GE.
Eric’s career spans the energy industry. Over his 26 years with GE, he advanced through roles in engineering and leadership across power generation, renewable energy, transmission & distribution, industrial electrical solutions, oil & gas and distributed energy resources. He is a frequent speaker at industry, government and academic forums and has received nine US patents.
Eric is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering and serves on the advisory board for Georgia Tech.
VP, Chief Financial Officer
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.
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.
President & CEO, Steam Power
Andreas Lusch is the president and chief executive officer of Steam Power 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.
VP, Chief Digital Officer
Steven Martin joined GE in October, 2016, as vice president and chief digital officer for GE’s Energy Connections business. In November 2017, he was named vice president and chief digital officer for GE Power.
With the goal of developing end-to-end software and cloud solutions to support GE Power customers’ digitization efforts, Steven is responsible for leading and advancing the business’s transversal digital industrial strategy. This includes the activation of product, service and solution roadmaps, and designing new customer experiences and business models.
Prior to joining GE, Steven spent fourteen years at Microsoft and was most recently the general manager and chief data scientist for Azure. In this role, Steven was responsible for global operations, customer acquisition and billing, analytics and data science, as well as the underlying data platform for services management. He was responsible for core business growth of over 100% year over year for five consecutive years. He also served as the chief data scientist for the Cloud and Enterprise Division.
Steven previously held several other roles at Microsoft with increasing responsibility, including general manager of business planning and strategy, senior director business operations, Server and Tools Division, the director of product management for Microsoft’s Platform Middleware, .NET and App Servers where he drove market share growth from 22% to over 70% and over $4 billion in revenue, and group product manager for E-Business.
Prior to Microsoft, Steven held product management and marketing roles with other tech-related businesses. Steven holds a BS in behavioral psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and is an ongoing student of behavioral economics.
VP, Chief Marketing Officer
Robert (Rob) McKeel is vice president and chief marketing officer for GE Power and president & chief executive officer for the Automation & Controls business. In his role as CMO, he leads Power’s digital, commercial and marketing communications strategy. Central to GE’s digital industrial strategy, as president for A&C, Rob leads a team that connects and controls assets that turn the world on.
Rob joined GE in 1993 as an engineer with GE Fanuc Automation and held various positions of increasing responsibility in engineering, marketing and product management. In 2000, he helped form GE Cisco Industrial Networks as vice president of marketing, in the early dawn of the Industrial Internet. From 2003 through 2006, Rob contributed to the success of GE Transportation’s Global Signaling Business, leading the North American Signaling product lines. From 2006 until 2011, Rob was the general manager of the Embedded Systems business with GE Intelligent Platforms, combining several acquisitions into an industry leading business. Rob rejoined GE Transportation in 2011 as the general manager, Global Locomotive Operations and then the general manager of Intelligent Transportation Solutions through April 2014.
Rob joined Energy Connections in 2014 as the vice president of products for Power Conversion where he led operations including product management, engineering, sourcing and supply chain before being promoted to lead product management for Energy Connections. Rob was named president & CEO of Automation & Controls in January 2017.
Rob earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University, a masters in computer science from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from James Madison University.
VP, General Counsel
Keith 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.
President & CEO, Gas Power Systems
As a 30-year GE veteran and company officer, Chuck brings a strong blend of product management and operations experience to the role. For more than a decade, Chuck led the overall development and growth of multiple GE Aviation product lines including Military Engines, Small Commercial Engines, GEnx, and CF6. He is well-known for his technical expertise; ability to drive product cost and quality improvements; and aptitude for evolving product lines widely recognized as industry game-changers. Having most recently served as VP of Manufacturing for GE Oil & Gas and VP of Supply Chain for GE Healthcare, Chuck is also known for his broad global operations expertise, customer-focused approach, and collaborative leadership of diverse teams. The combination of his experience and reputation makes him uniquely qualified to guide the team through a tough cycle.
Chuck earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
VP, Global Supply Chain Leader
Richard Simpson is vice president and global supply chain leader for GE Power. He previously served as VP and general manager of global supply chain for GE Transportation.
Richard joined GE in the Manufacturing Managers Program and spent the first four years of his career in Aircraft Engines before joining Lighting in 1989. He has worked in several manufacturing roles including process innovation team leader, engineering manager, and plant manager across several plants in Kentucky and Tennessee.
In 2005, Richard was appointed general manager of Lean Six Sigma, and in 2006 he was promoted to general manager of sourcing for Appliances. In 2011, he joined GE Transportation as general manager of global supply chain services. In 2012, Richard was named a GE company officer and vice president as general manager of global supply chain for Transportation..
Richard graduated from University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He is married to his wife Donna and they have two children.
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 customers 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 a GE company 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.
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 manufacturing, services, 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.