GE Vernova adds six to leadership
By Jack Burke06 March 2023
Spin-off still scheduled for early 2024
GE announced that GE Vernova, the company’s portfolio of energy businesses, has appointed six new roles to its leadership team.
Rachel Gonzalez will join GE Vernova as general counsel, effective April 1. Rachel most recently served as general counsel of Starbucks Coffee Corp., where she handled legal and regulatory affairs, global security and data privacy, and ethics and compliance. Prior to joining Starbucks in 2018, Rachel led a global team responsible for human resources (HR), corporate communications, legal strategy, regulatory affairs, corporate compliance, and government affairs at Sabre Corp. Rachel holds a law degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Amber Kagan will serve as the chief compliance officer (CCO) and head of Labor and Employment (L&E) for GE Vernova after it is spun off from GE. Amber joined GE in 2010 and currently serves as the CCO and Global Head of L&E for GE. As GE’s CCO, she is responsible for developing and implementing a corporate governance model that ensures appropriate processes and procedures are in place to maintain and strengthen GE’s integrity culture. Amber is also responsible for directing the company’s L&E function, ensuring the company is in compliance with all global employment laws and obligations and overseeing employment litigation. Prior to GE, Amber spent 21 years with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she led the New York Labor and Employment Practice Group. Amber received her law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Steven Baert will join GE Vernova as chief people officer (CPO), effective April 1. Steven currently serves as managing partner and founder of Propuli llc, a firm based in Switzerland, specializing in human capital advisory services for clients including Carlyle Private Equity. Initially trained as a lawyer, Steven has over 20 years of leadership experience in HR and talent development. He spent more than 15 years at Novartis in the US, Emerging Markets and Europe. From 2014 until 2021, he served as CPO and member of the Executive Committee of Novartis AG. Steven received his bachelor of law from Katholieke Universiteit Brussels, his masters in law from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and his masters of business administration from Vlerick Business School in Belgium.
Rob Duffy will serve as vice president of Business Development, effective immediately. Rob currently serves as vice president of Business Development in GE’s Corporate Business Development group, which is responsible for implementation of GE’s corporate acquisition and divestiture strategy across its businesses. He started his GE career in 2003 and previously served as vice president of Business Development at GE Power, GE’s largest industrial unit with over US$29 billion of revenues. Prior to GE, Duffy spent 12 years at Credit Suisse First Boston as a managing director in its mergers and acquisition group both in New York and London. Rob received his law degree from Georgetown University, master’s degree in international economics from the University of Wales and bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard College.
Angelica Tritzo will serve as vice president of Digital Technologies, effective immediately. Angelica has spent her career leading and developing organizations to achieve the next level of productivity, customer excellence and innovation. She currently serves as GE Vernova’s Separation Management Office (SMO) Leader for Digital Technologies as well as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for GE Renewable Energy. In her CIO role, she’s delivered business results driving digital transformation outcomes for a $15 billion global industrial business serving the renewable energy industry. She began her career at GE with GE Oil & Gas as Data Warehouse IT Leader in 1996 and has held multiple leadership roles across the business, including in GE Oil & Gas’s Global Services and Subsea Systems divisions as well as in its Turbomachinery & Processing business. Angelica holds a degree in mathematics from the University of Florence in Italy.
Nomi Ahmad has been appointed CEO of GE Energy Financial Services (EFS), effective March 1 and succeeding Susan Flanagan, who retired from GE. Nomi brings 30 years of global energy infrastructure and asset management experience to GE. He most recently served as Operating Partner/CEO of an energy storage platform at Sandbrook Capital. Prior to this, he was CFO at Highview Power, a leading long-duration energy storage company and CEO of Sembcorp Energy UK Ltd, which managed over 1 GW of energy generation assets in the UK. From Singapore, Nomi led the growth of the utilities business at Sembcorp, focused on utilities, urban development, and the marine sectors. Nomi has also worked at Lanco Infratech, Wärtsilä Corporation, El Paso Energy, Smith Cogeneration, and Kidder Peabody over his career. Nomi received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University.
GE Vernova, the company’s portfolio of energy businesses, is planned for a tax-free investment grade spin-off from GE sometime in early 2024. The portfolio includes Renewable Energy, Power, Digital and Energy Financial Services.