Jamie Miller, the vice president and CIO for GE visited Strathmore University on the 1st of April 2014. She was accompanied by other executives and corporate leaders from GE including Steven Rullo- Senior VP of Service and Technology GE Corporate, Corporate Finance & Operating Components, Abubakar Sulemana Region CIO – GE Africa GE Global Growth & Operations, Thomas Konditi- CFO GE Africa, Deo Onyango- Regional Commercial Growth Leader – Eastern Africa GE Africa and Rahul Jain- SSA IT Leader Oil & Gas. The GE entourage toured @iLabAfrica and @iBizAfrica where they were treated to several innovation demos and presentations before going to the student forum at the Strathmore Business School.
Thomas Konditi (an alumnus of Strathmore School) spoke about the corporate-academic partnership between GE and Strathmore University. He noted that GE and Strathmore share core values of Integrity, work ethic and delivering quality. This in his view is what has made the relationship between the two institutions to flourish. It is what makes Strathmore students excel at GE. GE also runs programs that help students excel in the company. These include: The GE day as well as Job Shadowing, where student get to accompany GE executives in a day’s work to learn from them and experience what it takes to work at GE
In her presentation Jamie talked about how GE views technology, noting that the company strives to use technology not only to provide the best value to its customers, but also to improve the efficiency of the company in all its operations. She noted that GE is big and diverse and that the company goes to great lengths to empower its employees with tools and skills to work from anywhere in the world. She also noted that GE focuses on developing talent, business strategy and leadership among its employees and that the company invests immensely on improving employee experience. The audience engaged Jamie and the GE team in a series of questions on the company’s involvement in innovation, employment, and development in Africa, after which a networking and mingling session kicked off at a high level cocktail in the SBS Atrium. Here students and staff mingled freely with the top executives at GE.