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Vic Bhagat Appointed Head of GE's New Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center.

Recruiting efforts for information technologists and engineers are underway; Nearly 80 to be hired by end of 2009

VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich. -- GE today announced the appointment of Vic Bhagat, 44, as site leader of GE's Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center -- a state-of-the-art information technology and research and development facility now open in Van Buren Township, Michigan.

"Vic is an outstanding leader with the technical depth and expertise needed to lead GE's new technology center and help bring together talented, imaginative technical experts to drive innovation across GE," said Gary Reiner, GE senior vice president and chief information officer. "Vic brings more than 20 years of experience in technology solutions, innovation and global leadership to the role."

Since the announcement of the new Center in June 2009, GE has hired more than 20 employees and is expected to hire nearly 80 senior information technologists and engineers by the close of 2009.

The Center will expand to more than 1,100 GE employees over the next few years and will house the largest concentration of GE IT professionals worldwide in such areas as software development, data architecture, networking, business intelligence and program management.

"We're placing big bets in major areas of technology such as renewable energy, healthcare IT and smart grid," said GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt. "The deep expertise of the information technologists and engineers working at the Center will help bring our technology investments to life and position us for continued growth."

The Center will also include a GE research and development facility that is part of GE's Global Research network. It will house scientists and engineers developing next generation manufacturing technologies for GE's leading renewable energy, aircraft engine, gas turbine and other high-technology products. Such work will include development of composites, machining, inspection, casting and coating technologies for GE's Aviation and Energy businesses.

About Vic Bhagat

In addition to his role as site leader, Bhagat currently serves as chief information officer for GE Corporate Information Services, where he is responsible for delivering enterprise applications and services, IT centers of excellence and driving IT innovation for the company.

A 16-year veteran of GE, Bhagat brings a wealth of technical and leadership experience to this position. He served as CIO for GE in India and Southeast Asia from 2002-2005, where he was responsible for driving the company's regional strategy in sourcing, IT and the Global Development Centers.

He previously held a series of leadership roles in the areas of information management, e-business and corporate security across several GE businesses including GE Aviation, GE Consumer & Industrial and GE Plastics.

Prior to joining GE, Bhagat held information technology positions with Keane Inc., Humana Inc., and Colgate Palmolive. He earned a bachelor's degree in information management and marketing from the University of Louisville and a degree in physics and mathematics from St. John's University in India.

About GE

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 100 countries and employs about 300,000 people worldwide. For more information, visit the company's Web site at

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Date:Nov 19, 2009
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