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Leadership Program Profiles

Name:

Laurence Yerle Ibrahim

Business:

GE Capital EMEA

Title:

HRLP Associate

Education:

MBA - ESSEC Business School (France)

Hometown:

Cergy-Pontoise, France

The Opportunity:

GE Capital was an obvious career choice for me because of its fundamental commitment to talent and leadership development. I wanted to join a company where I could not only picture myself in my next job, but also see the whole scope of a full-length career… GE Capital definitely checks that box.

Joining a Leadership Program:

The Human Resources Leadership Program (HRLP) has been perfect. Being in the early stages of my HR professional life, I am focused on learning as much as possible, as quickly as possible. The program awards me new challenges through multiple rotations, as well as formal training, informal coaching and extra projects.

Great Work:

One of the most gratifying aspects of HRLP is participating in critical projects. I coordinated the recent Employee Opinion Survey for Capital Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It was a great opportunity to analyze employee feedback. Now I am part of a task force of Capital leaders working to drive positive change in the region.

Career Advice:

If you’re committed to learning, to taking on extra challenges, to satisfying your curiosity, then there is no other company that will invest as much in your development as GE will.

Name:

Tamika Hewlett

Business:

GE Capital, Americas

Title:

Customer Insights Marketing Manager (ECLP Alum)

Education:

Loyola University Chicago

Hometown:

St. Louis, Missouri

The Opportunity:

What attracted me to GE Capital was the chance to join an organization that helps solve business challenges for myriad companies in various industries. GE Capital is also a well-respected financial services organization which I felt would provide me with opportunities for career growth.

Joining a Leadership Program:

I chose a leadership program (Experienced Commercial Leadership Program) because of the chance to learn and make an impact. I received an extensive amount of training, and had the chance to work on projects and assignments that build essential commercial skills.

Great Work:

I focus on analyzing what GE Capital customers need and developing action plans that position our customers for growth. I am working on a “Voice of the Customer” project, capturing real-time customer experience to better understand how to improve our value-add products.

Career Advice:

GE makes a substantial investment in leadership programs, so everyone has an interest in seeing you succeed. What you gain on program is the ability to quickly adapt to change and to make a big impact in a short period of time. 

Name:

Evan Chao

Business:

GE Capital

Title:

IT Program Manager- Business Solutions (IMLP Alum)

Education:

University at Albany- SUNY

Hometown:

Queens, New York

The Opportunity:

I strongly considered GE Capital’s business model and reputation when I decided to join the company; It has consistently been a global leader in commercial and consumer lending. The prestige of GE’s integrity and management practices was very appealing as well.

Joining a Leadership Program:

I joined the Information Management Leadership Program (IMLP) because I felt it offered a tremendous benefit to my professional development. It’s a real-world training experience where I learned how to successfully lead IT projects across global markets. Since program members rotate across operating units, there is opportunity to see what business is best for you. The professional networks I have built started when I was in IMLP.

Great Work:

I have worked on several key projects including a business/technical initiative: “Service to Sales”. I was responsible for transforming customer interactions with our operations call center into sales opportunities. I am currently representing GE Capital in a GE-wide process simplification initiative sponsored by GE’s Chief Technology Leader.

Career Advice:

The hands-on working experience that GE’s leadership programs offer cannot be replicated in a classroom. You are provided the resources, coaching and guidance needed to succeed. The program maximizes this learning experience by providing a supportive environment where you can ask questions and learn by doing. 

Name:

Dhaval Tejani

Business:

Capital Americas - Healthcare Financial Services (HFS)

Title:

Risk Management Associate

Education:

MBA - Georgetown
BS Finance and International Business - Pennsylvania State University

Hometown:

Mumbai, India

The Opportunity:

I chose GE Capital because I was looking for a company that values and develops its junior employees. The fact that many employees have spent the majority of their career with the company speaks volumes—not only about the variety of opportunities that are available, but also about how well the company develops and rewards its employees.

Joining a Leadership Program:

I focused on joining the Risk Management Program because I was impressed by its reputation for producing outstanding managers and subject-matter experts.

Great Work:

I’ve been in three distinct risk roles while on program. I worked on deal teams that underwrote cash flow loans for the healthcare industry and also assumed management responsibilities for a portfolio of accounts totaling more than $70MM. My second rotation was split between two roles: portfolio management and analytics. I gave account updates to senior managers, communicated with outside lender groups, and worked on loan documents and contracts.

Career Advice:

When considering a GE leadership program, talk to current members, alumni and rotation managers. I did my homework, and found that it was the perfect place for me. 

Name:

Henk-Willem Hoogerbrugge

Business:

GE Capital EMEA – Business Development Finance

Title: FMP Associate

Education:

MS Financial Management - Tilburg University

Hometown:

Woerden, The Netherlands

The Opportunity:

During challenging economic times, GE Capital has been an interesting business to work for, and awards plenty of opportunity to learn about the strategic choices made by our business leaders. The diversity of services offered and the number of challenging positions that GE Capital has in global markets constantly reinforces the idea that I am in the right place.

Joining a Leadership Program:

When I looked for my first role fresh from college, there were three job requirements that were important to me: a job that allowed me to continuously develop, the ability to work in several European countries, and the opportunity to explore different finance roles. The Financial Management Program fit perfectly.

Great Work:

Each rotation offers a unique view of finance. While rotating in a GE Capital bank, I led a profit share revenue recognition project. I created an accrual and tracking model to validate that our bank was receiving fees earned from various fund houses. These improvements had a tangible positive impact, and eliminated manual tracking.

Career Advice:

Leadership programs are a great way to develop the skill set you need to progress in your career. You will get to build both your hard- and soft-skills and have great exposure to senior management. If you want to achieve something and have fun along the way, this is definitely an option you need to consider. 

Mid–Career Profiles

Name:

Vernon Young

Business:

GE Capital - Internal Audit, Risk Loan Review Group

Title:

Senior Loan Reviewer

Education:

BS Accounting, North Carolina A&T State University
MBA, University of Virginia (Darden)

Hometown:

Baltimore, Maryland

The Opportunity:

I joined GE Capital because I saw the career opportunities as better than those of any other company. I wanted to find place where I could spend the rest of my career—somewhere with enough size, scope and variety where I could take challenging roles and advance.

Great Work:

I started my career at GE Energy Financial Services in the risk function. I was part of a team looking to purchase power plants in the US; a great skill-building experience, as I was exposed to structuring complex equity transactions. Recently, I took a role in GE Capital’s Internal Audit/Risk Loan Review organization. This is a wonderful next step for me, in a role that combines audit and risk principles.

My Career:

I’ve had amazing experiences and opportunities at GE Capital. I’ve benefited from working with incredible experts in a variety of subjects and willing mentors who have invested their personal time and effort in my career development.  

Name:

Doria Ferrante

Business:

GE Capital, Retail Consumer Finance

Title:

Senior Marketing Manager, New Products

Education:

BS Finance, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois

Hometown:

Champaign, Illinois

The Opportunity:

I chose GE Capital because it is a world leader in financial services, and a place where great opportunities exist. I wanted to work for a company where I could spend my entire career tackling unique challenges and working on cutting-edge projects.

Great Work:

I’ve had the chance to help design and implement user-friendly systems to improve turnaround time for our customers and also lead a team charged with building smarter financial models. Now, I am part of the Corporate Leadership Staff program. CLS is a unique program, tailored to each participant’s needs. I spent the past eight years in Risk and now I am in Marketing.

Career Advice:

GE Capital offers great opportunities to learn across a broad spectrum of businesses. No matter what role you have at GE Capital, you have an opportunity to make a difference every day.  

Name:

Carlos Rivera

Business:

GE Capital Americas

Title:

Sales Force Effectiveness Deployment Manager – Commercial Excellence

Education:

MBA - Sacred Heart University (Jack Welch School of Business)
BS – Information Technology - Sacred Heart University

Hometown:

Quito, Ecuador

The Opportunity:

After college, I joined an industrial chemicals company as an IT project manager while working toward my MBA. I quickly noticed a lack of an opportunity to grow, and decided to look into careers at GE Capital, which had such a great reputation, and was frequently discussed in my management courses.

Great Work:

A memorable GE experience was joining the Corporate Audit Staff (CAS). I held this role for two years and completed audits for five different GE businesses on two continents. I now work in the Marketing Center of Excellence, supporting GE Capital sales teams and interfacing with a very diverse deployment and optimization team.

Career Advice:

When starting a new role, seek advice from and confirm direction with your manager so that you are always on target to execute. These actions ensure consistent communication with stakeholders and positive progress.  

Name:

Jenny Ring

Business:

GE Money Bank Sweden

Title:

Customer Sales Manager - Operations

Education:

BA Economics - Stockholm University School of Business

Hometown:

Stockholm, Sweden

The Opportunity:

I joined GE Capital because I wanted to work for an international company that had a strong customer focus and a proven commitment to the development of its employees. I had also heard from friends that GE Capital had a solid reputation as a great place to work.

Great Work:

Working in GE Money Bank gives me the opportunity to really take service to the next level. We do this by listening to what is important to our customer and by making Operations an inspiring place to work. During my 8 years with GE Capital, I’ve had several different roles in Six Sigma Quality and Operations. I love the way my roles have encompassed employees, customers, sales, problem-solving and leadership.

Career Advice:

I enjoy coming to work every single day because my job is challenging, my colleagues are supportive and energized, and I can continuously learn something new. Look closer into GE Capital and see if these exciting opportunities are right for you.  

Name:

Owen Tong

Business:

GE Capital Asia Pacific

Title:

Senior VP – Equity

Education:

MBA - Indiana University at Bloomington

Hometown:

Hong Kong, China

The Opportunity:

I sought out GE Capital because of the scope and breadth of the business lines, their market position in multiple industries, their global presence and the overall reputation of the company.

Great Work:

I started my career in GE Capital’s world-class risk management organization. I’ve been able to capitalize on all the experience and skill sets I have acquired (M&A, business development and risk) and to work with interesting companies and ambitious entrepreneurs in Asia Pacific—a region of tremendous potential and growth.

Career Advice:

Take on the most challenging work and stretch beyond your comfort zone. The courage to take on assignments that you’ve never done before and successfully execute will be recognized and rewarded.