Energy Connections Leadership

Russell Stokes
President and CEO, GE Energy Connections

Russell Stokes is the president and chief executive officer of GE Energy Connections and senior vice president of GE. Energy Connections is GE’s electrification and automation business, bringing the world reliable, efficient energy that enables utilities and other customers to manage electricity from the point of power generation to the point of power consumption.  It is a $12 billion global business with 47,000 employees across 150 countries featuring three complementary business teams: Power Conversion, Industrial Solutions and Grid Solutions.                                                 

As a 19-year GE veteran, Russell has a wide range of GE corporate and business unit leadership experience in addition to his deep industry, company and customer knowledge.  Prior to his position with Energy Connections, Russell was the president and chief executive officer of GE Transportation, a global leader in rail, mining and marine industries with annual revenue of $6 billion and more than 12,000 employees globally. 

Before GE Transportation, Russell led global services for the business where he created a customer- and quality-driven business focused on analytics and reliability.  He worked on the transformation of GE Transportation’s service business launching RailConnect 360, a suite of ecosystem based solutions to drive impactful outcomes for global rail customers. Before joining GE Transportation, he was the general manager for GE Aviation’s global sourcing organization, responsible for the strategy and execution of $7 billion in global purchases, and was a member of GE’s Operating Council.

Russell has held numerous positions in finance for both GE Aviation and GE Lighting, ranging from business development to global financial planning and analysis. He started his career in sales for a PC manufacturer before joining GE.

In addition to his executive leadership, Russell plays an active role in community involvement and volunteering.  Russell graduated from Cleveland State University with a degree in finance and has completed GE’s Financial Management Program.