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GE welcomes local recruits with campaign.

GE welcomes local recruits with campaign

* Highlights accelerated local recruitment drive of GE * 1,500 personnel currently employed by GE in the Middle East* Move to steer company's projected annual growth rate of 20 per cent through to 2010* Micro-Site and Recruitment Drive launched to tap into local talent pool

General Electric Company (GE), the US$173 billion diversified technology, media and financial services company, is highlighting its commitment to local recruitment and strengthening employee participation to achieve its growth goals with the launch of the micro-site. Currently employing over 1,500 personnel across the Middle East, the local recruitment drive will help support GE's projected annual growth rate of 20 per cent through to 2010.

GE's Middle East businesses posted record revenue of US$5.4 billion in 2007, up 50 per cent over full-year 2006 revenues. The company has established a diverse portfolio of businesses in the region, most notably in energy, water, oil & gas, healthcare, aviation and the industrial sectors.

Ranked in the pole position of Fortune magazine's global ranking of Top 10 Companies for Leaders and 'Best in Leadership Development' by Leadership Excellence magazine, GE is recognized as being among the world's best run companies. Also named the 'World's Most Admired Company' for 2007 by Fortune magazine, GE is regarded as an ideal platform to launch a career or to build on an existing one.

"The Middle East is one of the core global markets for GE, and over the years, we have built a significant presence in a number of high-growth sectors. As one of the region's leading employers across this diverse spectrum of business areas, GE is committed to offering its staff ongoing training programme geared towards professional excellence while providing new platforms for growth," said Nabil Habayeb, GE's President and CEO for the Middle East and Africa region.

He added: "GE is developing new technologies and services to further expand its regional presence. Our focus is on building strong public-private partnerships in key businesses, and to contribute to the overall socio-economic prosperity of the region. Enhancing our local employee threshold is important and we hope that this recruitment drive will allow potential candidates to better understand the diversity of the GE businesses."

Today, GE's portfolio comprises of an exciting array of established projects across the region via strategic partnerships, investments and joint ventures, with the focus on infrastructure development and addressing major challenges such as cleaner energy and transportation, water scarcity and healthcare.

Saudi Arabia is home to GE's largest workforce in the region with over 700 employees. With plans for a healthcare manufacturing facility and a new GE Energy state-of-the-art service center, GE is strengthening its on-the-ground presence in the Kingdom. In addition, UAE has witnessed key partnerships for GE on consumer finance with the Al Futtaim and GE Money joint venture as well as Universal City Dubailand, a Tatweer and NBC Universal project. Other key countries for GE include Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain which feature key activities in oil & gas, wastewater treatment and energy.

"Our wide portfolio ensures that opportunities within GE are endless. Our diversity allows for expansive educational opportunities, and worldwide we invest over US$1 billion per year on training our people. The existing pool of qualified young professionals in the region provides us with a favorable environment to expand operations and to develop the business exponentially," added Jeffrey Wooten, HR, GE Corporate - Middle East and Africa.

In addition to middle and senior management job opportunities, GE runs Corporate Entry-Level Leadership Programs, which combine responsible and important job assignments, along with formal classroom studies. The rotational assignments cut across different aspects of a GE business including Finance, HR, and Engineering.

GE has been in the Middle East since 1930 and the company's main growth drivers in the region are technical and commercial innovation in six core businesses: GE Commercial Finance, GE Healthcare, GE Industrial, GE Infrastructure, GE Money and NBC Universal.

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