GE Digital Chief Bell Leaving for Data Mining Startup

Chicago-based Uptake announced Wednesday that Bell will join the company as president. He is departing from GE, where he was headed up digitalization efforts and also was CEO of GE Power Digital.

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GE’s first-ever chief digital officer, Ganesh Bell, is leaving that historic tech giant to help lead data science startup Uptake.

Chicago-based Uptake announced Wednesday that Bell will join the company as president. He is departing from GE, where he was headed up digitalization efforts and also was CEO of GE Power Digital.

"I'm fortunate to join Uptake at what is a seminal moment for the world's industrial companies," said Bell. "Software is the driving transformational force for industrial companies in an increasingly digital world. Uptake's Industrial IoT platform is unique in its core of data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. This allows our applications to deliver disproportionate value in the industrial markets we serve."

He will be working alongside Uptake CEO and co-founder Brad Keywell. The company is focused on Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and machine-learning solutions for industries.

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for Ganesh and me to leverage our strengths and accelerate Uptake's growth in this trillion-dollar industrial IoT market,” Keywell said. “By staying true to our founder-led vision while adding a globally recognized and impactful leader, we will prove that our collective efforts are greater than the sum of the parts. Together, we will continue to assemble the best talent to deliver the valuable and impactful outcomes our industrial customers need."

Prior to his GE tenure, Bell was chief products officer at ServiceSource and helped guide that firm through an initial public offering. He also has been a contributor to Electric Light & Power Executive Digest and POWERGRID Internationalmagazine.

In 2017, CNBC ranked Uptake No. 5 on its annual disruptors list while Forbes added Uptake to its "Cloud 100" list.

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