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At last month’s Commercial Real Estate Finance Council January conference, Mortgage Observer met with Ms. Riley, who runs capital markets for North America for GE. She filled us in on her current responsibilities and the evolution of her career and shared valuable pieces of advice for women early in their own.
Beth Comstock is passionate about change and innovation. She leads GE’s growth efforts via marketing, sales, licensing and communications, and oversees GE Ventures. Her current priorities include partnering with and investing in startups, developing new markets in analytics, energy and affordable health through GE’s industrial Internet, ecomagination and healthymagination initiatives, and making connections that spur a culture of inventiveness and grow brand value.
President Barack Obama took his road tour Thursday to GE’s Waukesha gas engines plant, where he touted job training, talked up a rebounding economy and contended that 2014 could be “a breakthrough year for America.” The plant – which has operated here for 106 years and was acquired by GE in 2011 – produces gas engines for oil and gas field operations as well as factories and utilities in the U.S. and overseas. The company has invested $35 million in the operation in the past three years and increased the number of hourly employees from 270 to nearly 400.
“Almost everyone remembers Venn diagrams, those circles with the shaded areas where they overlap,” said Beth Comstock, GE CMO. “For me, they’re more than a throwback to high school; they’re the key to how I can make the best use of my time. When I think of my schedule, I picture three interlocking circles: what I love to do, what I have to do and what I hate to do. My creative challenge is finding the intersection between what I have to do and what I love to do. And turning the hate to do into something more tolerable (especially when it can’t be outsourced).”