MARK LITTLE, PhD,
Retired Chief Technology Officer, General Electric
In his 37 year career at General Electric, Mark Little served in diverse senior leadership roles in operations, research, strategic planning, joint venture development, and product management. From 2005, as GE’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President/Director of GE Global Research, Mark reported to the CEO and developed fundamental technologies to help GE compete and grow in each of its businesses: energy, oil & gas, aviation, healthcare, transportation, consumer products, and financial services. A company officer for 21 years, his team led transformative initiatives in software, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. Mark’s research team of over 3,600 people was from every major scientific and engineering discipline, working at nine research facilities in the USA, India, China, Germany, Brazil, and Israel. Earlier in his career, as a business leader, he turned around a global business unit from $200MM annual loss to $4B annual profit—a unique achievement within GE. In addition, Mark was responsible for the acquisition and integration of a bankrupt energy business, positioning it to become a $6B GE enterprise today. Mark trained as a mechanical engineer, with a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts, Master’s Degree from Northeastern, and Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of which Mark is a Trustee.
Charitable work is central to Mark’s purpose. He and his wife founded and operate the Little Family Foundation, which provides a strong base for charitable pursuits. They are both active in the foundation which supports a wide variety of local community activities as well as international and veteran’s organizations.
He is an avid book reader, a self-taught guitarist (rock, blues, jazz), a golfer, and is self-described as “a crazy Boston sports fan.”