Pat Byrne is the Chief Executive Officer, GE Onshore Wind. He previously served as CEO, GE Digital. This post originally appeared in LinkedIn.
I spent a few days recently on a camping trip in Utah and Idaho with my family. Cell coverage was limited, so it was a chance to disconnect from business and connect with my grown kids. It’s always fun to get together since we live in different states.
We talked about a lot of things, including our work. At one point my daughter asked me if I thought I’d made the right decision joining GE. I answered with conviction.
When I joined GE a year ago to lead GE Digital, I knew that we could make it a growth business.
But at the time, the market wasn’t clear on who GE Digital was, or where it was going.
We certainly never expected the last months of global crises – from the forest fires in Australia to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite this uncertainty, the last year has validated my conviction about GE Digital as a growth business, its role in GE, and the power of its purpose.
My decision to join was based on a compelling combination of factors: The GE brand and global reach, the tremendous technology and talent in the business, and the very real customer needs for digital transformation.