Todd V. Graves

Carmel, Indiana, USA

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GE Security


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Todd V. Graves

General Electric Company                                                                                            1998 - 2008

GE Security, Tualatin, Oregon

Vice President, Engineering                                                                                           January, 2006 - December, 2008

Directed the over 200-person, $32M global engineering and product development effort for GE Security’s video security, cargo security, intrusion alarm, and key control businesses.  Annual product revenues of over $600M.

  • Led a global team in five countries that was combined from nine separate acquisitions 
  • Created a portfolio of cost-reduction projects to achieve $9M of  cost savings through product redesign
  • Brought all products into RoHS compliance in less than one year, preserving EU sales for over 2000 SKUs
  • Aggressively moved in-house design efforts to sourced goods model, reducing costs & cycle times 

GE Global Research Center, Niskayuna, NY
Business Programs Manager                                                                                               
March, 2003 - January, 2006 

Developed and led $20M strategic research and development portfolio for GE’s appliance, lighting, and industrial systems businesses. Reported directly to  Senior VP of Technology for the General Electric Company.

  • Realigned R&D programs to focus resources on game-changing innovations, rather than incremental
  • Chairman of the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance, a 12-company industry lobbying group
  • Represented the lighting industry in meetings with key Senators and with senior government officials
  • Drove GE’s Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) and Photonic Lattice programs as key investments

GE Appliances & GE Consumer Products, Louisville, KY
Technology Manager, Electronics and Controls                                                                      
July, 2002 - March, 2003

Directed electronics development for all appliance and lighting product lines, leading a team of 120 engineers  

  • Successfully merged the Appliance and Lighting Electronics orgs, exploiting synergies to reduce base cost
  • Managed electronics programs worth over $150 million in 2002.  Achieved 10% annual reduction in costs

Technology Manager, Global Products                                                                                       May, 2001 – July, 2002

Promoted to Technology Manager, an Executive Band position, leading a team of 26 engineers in the US and Asia responsible for developing microwave oven and air conditioning products

  • Grew microwave sales 18% and air conditioning sales by 11% and achieved a 10% quality improvement 
  • Led material cost reductions, achieving 45% of GE Appliances’ total cost reduction
  • Improved Consumer Reports rating of GE’s high-end microwaves from 17th to 3rd place in one year

Program Manager and Six Sigma Master Black Belt                                                    November, 1999 – May, 2001

Led Global Products Six Sigma design and quality efforts while managing development of the Advantium 120 

  • Launched Advantium 120 in less than one year, winning the President’s Technology Leadership award
  • Attended the prestigious Manager’s Development Course at Crotonville, a GE executive training program

Lead Design Engineer​                                                                                                        May, 1998  – November, 1999

Led the design efforts on the Advantium program, GE Appliances’ most important innovation in over 20 years

  • Developed the Advantium oven in 15 months, winning 1999 Popular Science “Best of What’s New” award
  • Advantium generated 85% of GE Appliances’ media mentions - Business Week’s “Best Product of 1999”
  • Launched in 1999, the Advantium is still going strong 18 years later
  • Represented GE on national TV, installing an Advantium in the Virginia Governors Mansion on Bob Vila’s Home Again

Fast Company:

Lighting the GE Way