Recently named GE IT Global Infrastructure Leader Alan Kocsi visited Strathmore University on the 12th August 2014. Alan was on a familiarization visit at Strathmore University, which has a strong academic-industry partnership with GE. Part of his mission was to learn about the IT initiatives and partnership programs between Strathmore and GE.
Alan Kocsi accompanied by a team of GE executives from across the world paid a courtesy call at @iLabAfrica. The GE entourage comprised of: Jeffrey Schimpf- Global IT Shared Service Network Operations Leader, Global Ops – IT, Abubakar Sulemana- CIO GE Africa, Odukoya Adesina -IM Team Leader Operations Oil & Gas, Rahul Jain- IM Leader Business Solutions, OG-SUBS-HQ, Viljoen Jacques- SSA Regional IT Support Leader – GRES Sites, GE GGO Africa – Information Technology, Innocent Wanyama- IT operations leader East Africa, Faith Muia – PMO for SSA and Cynthia Karago-ECPD.
The GE executive delivered a speech about innovation and IT at GE. The company is big on IT infrastructure, talent development and Cyber security as far as IT is concerned. He further talked about opportunities for students at the multinational giant and one of the most innovative companies in the world. GE has a big focus on talent and leadership development for its employees. The GE team engaged in a question and answer session with the students, giving them an opportunity to ask about working at GE.
This is the second time in the same year a senior GE executive has visited @iLabAfrica. This year in March, @iLabAfrica hosted Jamie Miller, senior vice president and the global CIO for GE. @iLabAfrica and GE are exploring partnership programs to continue promoting innovators in Kenya and the African continent.
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.
Jamie Miller, the global Senior Vice President & Chief Information Officer for GE will be coming on a brief business trip to visit Sub Saharan Africa (SSA). Part of her itinerary will be to visit Strathmore Univeversity on 1st April 2014. GE and Strathmore have a corporate-academic partnership and this will be a unique opportunity to for both parties to showcase the impact of this collaboration.
Jamie Miller’s BIO
Jamie Miller is Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for GE. In this role, she is driving GE’s global Information Technology strategy, services and operations, and aggressively delivering innovative
and transformational solutions for GE, its customers and employees. She previously served in the role of Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. She joined GE in April 2008.
Prior to joining GE, Ms. Miller served as the Senior Vice President and Controller of WellPoint, Inc., managing investor relations, controllership, financial planning and analysis, tax and financial systems for the company and was a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in a number of roles. A graduate from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Ms. Miller serves on Oracle’s President’s Council and is a member of the Sutter Hill Ventures Customer Advisory Board and CIO Strategy Exchange.
She and her husband have three children.
- Free incubation at the ultramodern @iBizAfrica business incubator- here you get access to office space, Internet, mentoring and coaching, legal advice, access to funding and more!
- Support from GE to launch and scale your solution