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Former CEO of GE Global Exchange Joins Smith School

Feb 25, 2004

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The Robert H. Smith School of Business welcomes Harvey F. Seegers as an Executive-in-Residence. Seegers, who was most recently president and CEO of GE Global eXchange Services (GXS) for more than seven years, will work with the faculty in the school's Department of Decision and Information Technologies, and serve on the board of the school's Center for Electronic Markets and Enterprises (CEME).

"Under Harvey Seegers' leadership, GXS helped GE become a world leader in e-commerce. Together the companies designed and built the largest private electronic exchange in the world, where GE buys billions of dollars in goods and services through its portal annually," said Howard Frank, dean of the Smith School. "Harvey's knowledge and experience will be an asset to the school and CEME in particular. We're thrilled to welcome Harvey into our community of leaders for the digital economy."

Seegers brings 28 years of experience in both the public and private sectors to the Smith School. He joined GE in 1991 and for two years focused on reforming the company's supply chain management practices. From 1993 to 1995, he managed a $200 million unit of GE Transportation Systems, while also serving as the business development leader of this $2 billion global division. In the latter role, CEO Jack Welch presented him with the prestigious GE Chief Executive Officer Award for launching an innovative technology joint venture for advanced railroad electronics.

In 1996, GE promoted him to Staff Executive in the Office of the Chief Executive where he assisted the chairman and vice chairman of the Board in analyzing operating issues facing the company. Later in the same year, Seegers was elected as a GE company officer.

In addition to his work with CEME, Seegers will teach and lecture in the MBA and the EMBA programs, including the EMBA program in Beijing, China. His primary teaching responsibilities will be in electronic commerce.

A graduate of the University of Virginia, Seegers earned an MBA from Harvard Business School and a JD from Catholic University, where he was executive editor of the Law Review.

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