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GE Taps Silicon Valley Exec as Chief Digital Officer for Power & Water Business

GE (NYSE:GE) today announced the appointment of Ganesh Bell as the Chief Digital Officer and General Manager of Commercial Software and Analytics for the Power & Water business. In this newly created leadership role, Bell will be responsible for the development of GE Power & Water’s digital channels to market and shape the long-term software strategy across the portfolio.

Bell will lead and drive the vision, roadmap and development of GE Power & Water’s software and analytics product portfolio, pairing the company’s world-class digital capabilities with its world-class hardware capabilities. This new business-wide digital commercial initiative will deliver new offerings that enhance customer experiences with GE’s products and services while at the same time creating new value streams.

“With 70 percent of a utility’s costs coming from fuel, using less fuel to generate more power can lead to substantial cost and resource savings. Industrial Internet solutions enable the intelligence from software and analytics to empower our turbines to do more with less. And that is just the start,” commented Steve Bolze, president and CEO of GE Power & Water. “I created this role to develop and market innovative analytical tools and software applications that extend and enhance the life of products and services, deepening our engagement with our customers and making them and us more successful.”

Bell brings a rare perspective to this new role, having held leadership positions in strategy, products, engineering and marketing across a mix of large industry leaders, startups and fast growth companies to IPO. Recently, he served as Executive Vice President, GM & Chief Products Officer at ServiceSource. Prior to ServiceSource, Bell held key positions at SAP including Vice President of Product Strategy & Management for the business intelligence & technology platform group, and Vice President of Portfolio Strategy in the Office of the CEO. Bell also held leadership positions across PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards and YOUcentric.

“Understanding how to quantify and create value for customers through software and analytic applications offerings is critical to GE’s success. We are leveraging breakthroughs in Big Data, Cloud and Internet of Things to develop our Industrial Internet solutions that optimize growing network of machines and people for business performance,” Bell said. “I’m thrilled to be working across Power & Water and GE software, leading the charge in developing and commercializing new digital solutions that differentiate our market offerings and help our customers win.”

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

About GE Power & Water

GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar; biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Power & Water’s six business units include Distributed Power, Nuclear Energy, Power Generation Products, Power Generation Services, Renewable Energy and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.

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