Patrick Byrne is the new chief executive officer of GE’s Digital business. He will report to GE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., and will be responsible for leading GE’s digital strategy.
“Pat joins the GE leadership team at a critical time as we execute on our priorities to improve GE’s financial position and strengthen our businesses,” Culp said. “He has been at the heart of digital transformation everywhere he’s worked and brings considerable experience running businesses and collaborating across businesses within large organizations. Pat’s technical expertise and deep experience differentiating industrial technology with software and analytics make him the right leader to take this business forward.”
Byrne has been a leader in digital for more than three decades and brings expertise in industrial technology and strategic business development. He joins GE from Fortive, where he served as senior vice president, leading its product realization business. Prior to Fortive, Byrne was vice president of strategy and chief technology officer for Danaher’s Test and Measurement segment. In July 2014, he became the president of Tektronix, a leading worldwide provider of measurement solutions. Prior to that, he also served as president and CEO of Intermec Technologies and Agilent’s electronic measurement group.
Byrne started his career at Hewlett-Packard in 1983 and worked in various leadership roles in R&D, technology development, marketing, quality and general management, GE says.
He is a member of the board of directors of Micron Technology, a publicly traded global leader in memory solutions. Byrne holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University.
In late 2018, GE announced its intention to establish a new Digital company.
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