Damian Thomas was previously a Senior Executive and Corporate Sales Leader for GE. Damian was responsible for the performance of GE’s 43,000 sales professionals in more than 100 countries around the world. Working on behalf of all GE businesses, Damian was held accountable by GE’s Chairman & CEO to expand customer relationships, develop commercial talent, promote cross-business selling and enhance the utilization of Sales Force Effectiveness tools, a position he held for five years prior to his retirement.
Challenged with an 8% organic growth goal for the GE Sales force, Damian successfully led GE’s global sales team on a record $11 billion organic growth campaign on 4 different continents.
Damian was also the architect of the GE customer centric culture, “Grow Yourself, Grow Your Customer, Grow GE”, resulting in significantly improve customer awareness, customer recognition and customer fulfillment.
Damian currently sits on the Board of a Private Equity firm utilizing the commercial skills and experience gained during his tenure at GE.
Rudolph Villa joined GE in 1966 and has held various assignments in engineering, international projects and services. Mr. Villa also directed the licensing GE’s nuclear reactor design with government regulatory agencies in the USA, Europe and Japan. In 1989, Mr. Villa transferred to GE’s International Licensing Operation where he negotiated numerous technology agreements with companies in Japan including Matsushita and Sony. In 1998, he transferred to GE Power Systems where he led a group of companies as Chairman, which provided GE’s variable work force of field engineers, technicians and skilled craft labor. He also participated in several mergers and acquisitions.
In 2003, Mr. Villa was assigned to lead GE’s nuclear business in Asia and moved to Tokyo, Japan where he negotiated several contracts with utilities such as TEPCO, JAPC and Tohoku Electric. This assignment also involved extensive interactions with vendors such as Hitachi and Toshiba. In addition he served as a Board member of GE’s fuel manufacturing plant. In 2007, Mr. Villa returned to the USA to lead the Integration of GE and Hitachi’s nuclear energy business.
Mr. Villa is a native of California and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in General Engineering from San Jose State University in 1973.