GE Appoints CEO of Digital Business

Patrick Byrne

SAN RAMON, Calif. – GE announced that Pat Byrne will join the company as Chief Executive Officer of GE’s Digital business, effective July 1, 2019. Byrne will report to GE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., and will be responsible for leading GE’s digital strategy.

Culp said, “Pat joins the GE leadership team at a critical time as we execute on our priorities to improve GE’s financial position and strengthen our businesses. He has been at the heart of digital transformation everywhere he’s worked and brings considerable experience running businesses and collaborating across businesses within large organizations. Pat’s technical expertise and deep experience differentiating industrial technology with software and analytics make him the right leader to take this business forward.”

Byrne said, “I’m excited to join GE as it transforms its Digital business and helps its customers leverage software to become more efficient, productive, and safe. GE was one of the earliest leaders in the Industrial Internet of Things, and I am proud to join a great team with an excellent track record of innovation and customer service.”

Byrne has been a leader in digital for more than three decades and brings expertise in industrial technology and strategic business development. He joins GE from Fortive, where he served as Senior Vice President, leading its Product Realization business.

Prior to Fortive, Byrne was the vice president of strategy and chief technology officer for Danaher’s Test and Measurement segment, where he drove strategic market development, business development, and M&A. In July 2014, he became the president of Tektronix, a leading worldwide provider of measurement solutions. Prior to that, he also served as president and CEO of Intermec Technologies and Agilent’s electronic measurement group. Byrne started his career at Hewlett-Packard in 1983 and worked in various leadership roles in R&D, technology development, marketing, quality, and general management.

Byrne is a member of the board of directors of Micron Technology, a publicly traded global leader in memory solutions. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

In late 2018, GE announced its intention to establish a new Digital company.

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