GE Home & Business Solutions, a unit of General Electric Co. (www.ge.com), announced on March 15 that Jody Markopoulos has been named president and chief executive officer (CEO) of GE Intelligent Platforms (www.ge-ip.com), Charlottesville, Va., a global provider of software, hardware, and services to the automation market. Markopoulos, who will report to GE Home & Business Solutions President and CEO Charlene Begley, succeeds Maryrose Sylvester, who was recently named as president and CEO of GE Lighting.
GE Intelligent Platforms is a technology engine for GE with expertise in automation and embedded computing, the company said. The business serves a variety of industries, including energy, water, oil and gas, consumer packaged goods, government and defense, and telecommunications.
Markopoulos, a 17-year GE veteran, has led the Sourcing organization for GE Energy since 2005. She is responsible for the management and procurement of more than $16 billion in materials and services worldwide and leads a 1,300-person global team. She has significantly grown the supply base and organization in emerging markets, helping pave the way for global growth. The global direct buy in emerging markets was increased four times under her direction. During her tenure at GE Energy, Markopoulos held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility in Supply Chain and Quality. Prior to her current role, Markopoulos was general manager of Quality.
“Jody’s expertise, leadership and significant contributions in key roles in Sourcing, Quality and Manufacturing make her a great person to lead the Intelligent Platforms business in its continued growth,” said GE Home & Business Solutions CEO Begley.
GE Home & Business Solutions, an $8.6 billion business, includes the Intelligent Platforms and Appliances & Lighting operating units. These global businesses offer customers energy efficiencies and productivity solutions through innovative appliances, lighting, embedded/control systems and software platforms.
Markopoulos came to GE after graduating from Clarkson University in New York, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering & Management. Today, she currently serves on the Dean’s Leadership Council for the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson.