Vice President - Manufacturing Industries, GE Digital; Board of Directors, Vuzix
Paul has driven digital transformation within industrial operations for decades. He started his career at General Motors in the assembly division and has held P&L responsibility for facilities in all manufacturing modes. In the mid-90’s, Paul led the trend of deployment of technology within manufacturing as a senior consultant with one of the largest MES integration firms – concepts we now call the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT).
He served as CIO for a successful technology start-up and then joined Lighthammer Software as the director of performance solutions. Paul was the dynamic force behind the Perfect Plant initiatives at SAP, and led efforts in the area of advanced manufacturing and operations’ mobility, as well as initiatives focused on digital transformation. He also served on the Board of Directors of the NAM.
As CIO of Advanced Manufacturing Strategy for GE, he focused on driving GE’s brilliant factory strategy – using big data, software, sensors, controllers and robotics in combination with lean manufacturing techniques to increase productivity and deliver asset and operations optimization. He served as Site Leader of the Advanced Manufacturing and Software Technology Center in Michigan, one of GE’s largest IT tech centers globally and a critical hub for IT and brilliant factory initiatives. Paul also sat on GE’s Supply Chain Council. At the AMSTC, he defined and deployed GE’s Brilliant Factory Lab, an incubation and acceleration space for integrated, next-gen manufacturing solutions encompassing a wide variety of companies and technologies defining the IIoT ecosystem.
As Head of Manufacturing Industries for GE Digital, he drives the commercial strategy for Brilliant Manufacturing powered by the platform for the Industrial Internet, Predix.
Paul is often asked to speak on the topics of IIoT, advanced manufacturing trends and technologies as well as digital transformation.