GE Home & Business Solutions Names Maryrose Sylvester President and CEO of GE Lighting

Veteran of 14 years at GE Lighting will continue business transformation
FAIRFIELD, Conn., March 7, 2011 — (NYSE: GE)  GE Home & Business Solutions today announced that Maryrose Sylvester has been named president and CEO of GE Lighting, a global industry leader in lighting, systems and services for commercial, industrial and residential use. GE Home & Business Solutions, an $8.6B business, includes the Appliances & Lighting and Intelligent Platforms operating units. These global businesses offer their customers energy efficiencies and productivity solutions through innovative appliances, lighting, embedded/control systems and software platforms.
Sylvester, who will report to GE Appliances & Lighting President and CEO James P. Campbell, succeeds Michael Petras, who has led GE Lighting since 2008. Petras is leaving GE to take a position outside of the company.
Sylvester is a 23-year GE veteran, 14 years of which were spent at GE Lighting. She has led GE Intelligent Platforms, a global provider of software, hardware, services and expertise in automation and embedded computing, since 2006. Sylvester grew revenues nearly two times during her tenure by focusing on technology leadership, new product introductions, and strategic acquisitions around Software, Controls and Communications, and Military and Aerospace Embedded Computing, including the most recently completed acquisition of SmartSignal, a provider of remote monitoring and diagnostics solutions to the power generation, oil and gas and other industrial sectors. She also led the creation of the new Intelligent Platforms, following the dissolution of the 23-year joint venture with FANUC LTD of Japan. During her previous tenure at GE Lighting, she held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility, including president and CEO of GE Lighting Systems, general manager of Worldwide Sourcing, and director of Sourcing for GE Lighting Europe, based in Budapest, Hungary.
“Maryrose’s experience leading and growing businesses, her breadth of experience in GE Lighting, and her proven ability to energize and lead teams makes her an outstanding person to continue the transformation of the Lighting business,” said GE Home & Business Solutions President and CEO Charlene Begley.
A successor for Sylvester will be named shortly.