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General Electric CTO Mark Little to retire

Staff writer | Fairfield, Ct., USA | September 25, 2015
Mark LittleSeptember 25, 2015, Fairfield, Ct., USA - General Electric chief technology officer Mark Little will retire at the end of the year after 37 years with the company.
Mr. Little was named senior vice president and director of GE Global Research in October 2005, becoming only the ninth director in the organization's 105 year history.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Little was vice president of GE Energy's power-generation segment headquartered in Schenectady, New York.

Mr. Little joined GE in 1978, starting out in the company's Turbine business. After holding several management positions in engineering, he was named product general manager for generators in 1989. In 1991 he became general manager of business development for GE Energy , responsible for strategic planning and joint venture development.

In 1992 Mr. Little was appointed product general manager for gas turbines and in 1994 he was named vice president of Power Generation Engineering. He assumed responsibility for the large turbine generator segments of power generation in 1997, and in 2004 he was appointed to lead the combined thermal, wind and hydro power generation group.

Mr. Little holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Tufts and Northeastern universities respectively, and he earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Succeeding Mr. Little as head of Global Research will be Vic Abate, who is currently President and CEO of GE’s Power Generation business in Schenectady. He is a 25-year GE veteran.