Maryrose Sylvester
2014 MAKER

Maryrose Sylvester

General Electric

Maryrose Sylvester serves as President & Chief Executive Officer of GE Lighting, headquartered at historic Nela Park in East Cleveland, Ohio.

A $3 billion unit of Connecticut-based GE, GE Lighting today employs 13,000 people in manufacturing, sales and distribution locations around the world who fulfill customers’ most basic and business-critical needs with a wide variety of innovative, lighting products and services. Not new to the lighting business, Sylvester earlier worked in GE Lighting for 14 of her 26 years with GE. Since rejoining GE Lighting in 2011, she is now leading the business and employees in the exciting global lighting transformation underway as world markets move toward energy-efficient lighting solutions.

Prior to her current position, Sylvester was most recently President & CEO of GE Intelligent Platforms –  GE’s high-technology global provider of software, hardware, services and expertise in automation, operations management and embedded computing, serving the energy, water, oil and gas, manufacturing, government and defense, and telecommunications industries. Her contributions included a significant commitment and focus on technology leadership, new product launches, and vertical marketing, resulting in the doubling of revenues.

Sylvester began her GE career in 1987 as an intern at GE Motors in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She then joined GE Lighting in 1988 in the Sourcing operation. Along the way, she held positions of increasing responsibility, such as Director of Sourcing for GE Lighting Europe, based in Budapest, Hungary, and in 1997, as General Manager of Worldwide Sourcing for the business, based in Cleveland. Sylvester also served as General Manager for Global High Intensity Discharge (HID) before being named President & CEO of GE Lighting Systems in Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 2000. She was then named President of the former GE Quartz in 2002, followed by the leadership role with GE Intelligent Platforms in 2006.

Sylvester is a member of GE's Corporate Executive Council, GE’s Commercial Council and she was instrumental in helping to launch the GE Women’s Network in 1997.  She is Vice Chair of the Board of Governors and Chair of the Lighting Systems Division Executive Board for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.  She serves on the Board for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, the Greater Cleveland Partnership and the United Way of Greater Cleveland.  She is also on the Case Western Reserve University Corporate Visiting Committee.

Sylvester holds a B.S. Degree in Procurement and Production Management from Bowling Green State University and an MBA from Cleveland State University – both in Ohio. Sylvester, her husband Mike, and two daughters reside in Moreland Hills, Ohio.

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