Gregory.Simpson

Gregory.Simpson

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Greg Simpson joined Synchrony in 2014 as a senior vice president and CTO. He works closely with Synchrony’s CIO on developing technology strategy and sits on the company’s IT steering committee. Overseeing a large global team, Greg is responsible for key IT functions, including enterprise architecture, business intelligence, business continuity planning and disaster recovery, data centers, voice and data networks, service delivery and operations as well as end user services and collaboration.

Based in Synchrony's Kettering, Ohio, offices, Greg serves on the company's IT Engagement Committee and is a senior leader participating in Synchrony’s Business Leadership Program. He is also a mentor to many members of the IT team.

Prior to joining Synchrony, Greg served as GE's CTO for eight years. In that role, he created the shared services infrastructure team that supports all GE businesses. He also advised GE’s CIO and business CIOs on new technology directions and served on the company’s IT council. The service business Greg created leveraged GE’s scale to increase control and decrease costs, and it facilitated collaboration across GE through common solutions. The scope of GE’s shared services included more than 15,000 systems, GE’s full collaboration/messaging environment, and data/voice/video solutions around the world. In addition, Greg’s team kicked off the initial commercial cloud supporting the launch of GE’s software center of excellence.

Greg has an extensive IT career that spans more than 30 years with GE. Prior to becoming the CTO of GE in November of 2005, Greg served in a number of business CTO roles, including in GE's healthcare, aviation and lighting businesses. He also was the CIO for a major GE Healthcare acquisition, and earlier in his career he served as commercial quality leader at GE Lighting, where he led Six Sigma initiatives, including the implementation of one of the first web-based order tracking/status systems at GE.

A regular spokesperson on business technology trends, Greg has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other national media outlets.

Greg received a BSME from Purdue University and an MSME from Case Western Reserve University. He lives in Loveland, Ohio, with his wife and their two children.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Greg Simpson and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications Inc. or its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

Articles by Gregory.Simpson

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