Leadership

Steve Bolze

Steve Bolze

SVP and President & CEO,
GE Power

 

Steve Bolze is the president and CEO of GE Power, and a senior vice president of GE.

Steve's GE career began in 1993 as the manager of Mergers and Acquisitions for GE Corporate Business Development. In 1995, he joined GE Power in Schenectady, New York, as manager of Competitive Strategies and later became the product general manager for large steam turbines. He subsequently held several leadership roles in Energy Services, including president and general manager of Energy Management Services.

In 2002, Steve moved to GE Healthcare as the general manager for Functional and Molecular Imaging. In 2003, he was appointed a company officer and became vice president of Amersham Integration based in London. He then became president and CEO of GE Healthcare International based in Paris. He was named vice president of Power Generation in November 2005.

Steve is active in many energy-related organizations, including the World Energy Council, the International Energy Agency, and the World Economic Forum. In January, he was appointed the chair of the World Economic Forum's Electricity Technology Community. 

Steve holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Duke University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining GE, Steve served as a management consultant for Corporate Decisions and a project manager for Westinghouse.

He is married and has three sons.

 

 

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Ganesh Bell

Vice President,
Chief Digital Officer

 

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 Carr

General Counsel

Keith Carr was named general counsel of GE Power in November 2015. Headquartered in Schenectady, New York, the business serves customers in over 120 countries with a network of global sales, service and manufacturing centers.

Before assuming his current role, Keith was group general counsel for Alstom, based in Paris, France. Keith began his career in the legal and contracts department at NEI, a British group comprised of engineering companies. In 1990, he joined Deloitte, initially providing company law advice to the company’s clients and then subsequently playing a role on the corporate recovery team. In 1995, Keith joined ABB as head of legal for its gas turbine division in the U.K., and then became head of legal for all of ABB’s power operations in the U.K. After the merger with Alstom, Keith became head of the legal and contracts group for Alstom‘s gas turbines activities worldwide. In 2004, he was promoted to deputy general counsel for Alstom Power and then a year later became general counsel of Alstom Power. In 2011, Keith was promoted to group general counsel of Alstom.

Keith is a graduate of Northumbria University in the U.K., and holds an honors degree in law.

 

 

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Michael Chanatry

Vice President,
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

Vice President,
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

Vice President,
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

Vice President,
Chief Financial Officer

 

Robert Green is the 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

Chief Marketing Officer

 

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

Vice President,
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

Vice President,
Gas Power Technology and Chief Technology Officer

John 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 CEO 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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Heiner Markhoff

President & CEO,
Water & Process Technologies

 

Heiner Markhoff is president and CEO of GE Power’s Water & Process Technologies, a global business that focuses on the world’s most complex water-related challenges. Employing approximately 8,000 people and operating in over 100 countries, Water & Process Technologies provides innovative solutions that address the growing demand for increased water availability and quality, while improving customers’ productivity and meeting more stringent environmental regulations.

Before assuming his current role in October 2008, Heiner led GE Plastics Europe, Middle East, and Africa for two years. Throughout his tenure at GE, he has held several leadership positions, including general manager-automotive for GE Plastics Americas and CEO of GE Bayer Silicones. Heiner began his GE career as a member of the Corporate Business Development team in Fairfield, CT in 1994. Prior to joining GE, Heiner served as an associate with Booz Allen Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm.

Heiner graduated from the University of Cologne, Germany, with a degree in business administration and economics.

 

 

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Joe Mastrangelo

President & CEO,
Gas Power Systems

 

Joe Mastrangelo is the president & CEO of Gas Power Systems for GE Power, overseeing global operations of GE’s Heavy-Duty Gas Turbine, Aeroderivative, Steam Turbine, Generator, and Controls businesses. GE’s Power Generation business has the largest delivered fleet of gas turbines 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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Paul A. McElhinney

SVP, GE
President & CEO, Power Services

Paul is the president and chief executive officer of Power Services and a senior vice president of GE. Based in Baden, Switzerland, Power Services is a $15 billion business and a combination of two of the best service teams in the power industry – GE’s Power Generation Services and Alstom’s Thermal Services. The largest industrial services business in GE, Power Services has approximately 26,000 people in more than 150 countries.

In this role, Paul is responsible for developing and delivering a global services strategy that offers power producers the technology, knowledge and insight to make better decisions across the entire lifecycle of their power generation assets.

Paul has more than 28 years of operations and leadership experience. He began his GE career in GE Capital Aviation Services in Shannon, Ireland. Since then, his leadership, operations and business skills have led to successively larger leadership roles in GE Capital, GE Aviation and GE Power.

Paul was named an officer of the General Electric Company in 2004 and a senior vice president of GE in 2016. He is a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council, as well as the company’s Services Council.

Paul holds an honors degree in law from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. He and his wife live in Switzerland and have two children.

 

 

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Jay Wileman

President & CEO,
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

 

Jay Wileman was named president and CEO 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.      

 

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Russell Wilkerson

Managing Director,
Communications and Public Affairs

 

Russell Wilkerson is managing director of communications and public affairs for GE Power. He leads the development and delivery of the GE Power story and aligns internal, external, and public affairs communications in support of GE Power’s global leadership position. Wilkerson is a member of the leadership team and reports to the CEO of GE Power, Steve Bolze. 

Prior to his current role, Wilkerson was the managing director of communications for GE Capital. He joined GE Capital in 2009 after serving four years as GE’s director of financial communications. In this position, he oversaw the company’s reputation and strategic communications, and media relations on mergers & acquisitions, quarterly earnings, annual report, and other general business issues. In addition, he provided strategic communications counsel to executive leadership on a number of critical issues during the financial crisis.  

Prior to joining GE, Wilkerson was director of financial communications for Nextel Communications, where he helped lead communications for the $35 billion merger with Sprint in 2004. In addition, he was the point communicator for Nextel’s sponsorship of the 2004 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and supported the company’s inaugural NASCAR sponsorship. Before Nextel, Wilkerson held senior communications and government affairs positions with AT&T Wireless, Sprint, and a number of high-tech startups. From 1990-1995, he served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator John Warner (R-VA), managing commerce, judiciary, and telecommunications issues.

Wilkerson has an M.B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from Washington & Lee University.