Bangalore, July 1st 2014 -- Munesh Makhija has been appointed Managing Director, GE India Technology Center and Chief Technology Officer, GE India. Effective immediately, he takes over this role from Dr. Gopichand Katragadda who is leaving GE. Munesh, who will be based at the John F. Welch Technology Center in Bangalore, will lead GE's R&D efforts in India and carry forward the technology legacy of the center, which is GE's first and largest integrated multidisciplinary Research and Development Center.
Congratulating Munesh on his new role, Mark Little, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, GE, said, "We have witnessed the best of technologies emerging from the India center in the past. Under Gopichand Katragadda's leadership, we have successfully been able to position the GE India Technology Center as an asset for the company, developing technologies to improve the quality of life in India and the world. In his new role, Munesh will build on this foundation and drive growth by enhancing technical capability and increasing new product development."
Banmali Agrawala, President & CEO, GE South Asia said, "We are proud to have Munesh lead the JFWTC, which is one of the largest innovation and technology development centers in India. These are exciting times for India and we are committed to developing technologies and solutions that are relevant both globally as well as locally. In the Indian context, it is critical that we leverage technology to find affordable solutions which eventually touch and impact lives of the people in a positive way. We are confident that given Munesh's experience, he will chart a new phase of growth for the JFWTC and GE."
"At the GE India Technology Center, we have the brightest minds at work pushing the limits of science and technology to solve some of the world's toughest problems in energy, healthcare, transportation, aviation, consumer and industrial domains. I'm very excited to be at the helm of this innovation hub and I look forward to working closely with the technology and commercial teams across GE businesses. My focus will be both on locally relevant innovation and delivering advanced technology to solve global challenges," said Munesh Makhija.
In his career spanning over a decade at GE, Munesh has held various leadership positions. In his most recent assignment, he served as the Vice President of Global Research at GE Healthcare. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technology Officer for GE Healthcare in India, where he drove product and technology innovation to support growth in India and global markets. Under his leadership, the business launched 14 products, championed the cross-functional LiteSpeed New Product Introduction initiative, as well as created and enhanced strategic capabilities to drive holistic product development and co-creation with customers. Munesh joined GE in 2003 as an Engineering Director for GE Healthcare.
Prior to joining GE, Munesh was in the telecommunications industry for a period of ten years and held several positions in technology and research leadership, software engineering, new product development, program management and product marketing. He holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. He is GE Six Sigma Black Belt certified.
About the GE John F. Welch Technology Center
The GE John F. Welch Technology Center (GE JFWTC) in Bangalore is GE's first and largest integrated multidisciplinary Research and Development Center. The team of scientists, researchers and engineers at the center works on innovative technologies that are shaping the future of almost all GE businesses across energy, healthcare, aviation, transportation, consumer and industrial domains.
About GE's presence in India
Present in India since 1902, GE works to innovate, partner and develop technology solutions in energy, healthcare, infrastructure and financial services that improve the quality of life in the country. With over 13,000 employees, GE's imagination is taking the nation to the future with ideas designed and developed in India - for India and for the rest of the world.
With more than 5,300 technologists, GE's research centers in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Chennai are developing new technologies for both India and the world while the 13 local manufacturing facilities and service facilities which bring products, services and technologies closer to the customers. GE in India has partnered with a number of Indian companies to develop localized solutions, meeting the needs of the country. Committed to social development across the world, GE in India is closely engaged with local communities on social and environmental issues. For more information visit us at www.ge.com/in.
GE (NYSE: GE) is a diversified infrastructure, finance and media company taking on the world's toughest challenges. From aircraft engines and power generation to financial services, medical imaging, and television programming, GE operates in more than 140 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.
For further information please contact:
Tenzin Dechen Deshar
GE India Technology Center