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Treasury Today’s Top Treasury Team 2023 Highly Commended: GE

Published: Aug 2023
Photo of Lynda McGoey and Nicole Horman, GE and Tori Brown, PwC.

Photo of Lynda McGoey and Nicole Horman, GE and Tori Brown, PwC.

GE Corporate Treasury

GE is an American multinational company serving customers across approximately 170 countries. For more than 130 years, GE has invented the future of industry. Today, GE is best known for its work in the power, renewable energy, and aviation industries.

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GE Corporate Treasury supports the successful spin-off of GE HealthCare

On 9th November 2021, GE announced plans to form three industry-leading global public companies. In early January 2023, GE completed the separation of GE HealthCare1 and plans to complete the separation of GE Vernova – GE’s portfolio of energy businesses – sometime in early 2024, leaving GE Aerospace as a standalone company.

At the start of the separation journey, the Separation Management Office (SMO) was established, and within Corporate Finance it was identified that treasury was one of the most centralised and complex Corporate functions. The separation and stand-up of three independent treasury organisations was critical for success. To support this massive transformation, GE Corporate and Business Treasury – with support from PwC – created four execution teams to separate corporate entanglements and stand-up business treasury operations.

Team gets to work on separation work while managing business-as-usual

A global team of over 150 set-out to create robust and detailed separation workplans, focused on granular activities that rolled up to critical milestones. For the GE HealthCare separation, there were a total of nearly 1,000 workplan steps, plus nearly 200 cross-functional dependencies.

Among other key accomplishments, the team executed 700+ bank account changes, novated 300+ FX trades and thousands of trade finance instruments, set up new bank lines, and made critical enhancements to 30+ systems.

With internal and external dependencies, tight timelines, and the need to manage numerous risks, close coordination across the teams was essential to successfully tackling an effort of such enormity.

Across GE, running the business remains the number one priority, so the most important and challenging task has been simultaneously running the day-to-day operations. The team has embraced lean and uses lean tools to drive the separation work, while continuing to run treasury operations. This is truly the differentiator that the teams bring to the table; the ability to execute a large-scale transformation while continuing to run a leading global operation.

Key achievements

  • Process efficiencies.

  • Risk mitigation.

  • Improved visibility.

  • Number of banking partners/bank accounts reduced.

  • Future-proof solution.

  • Exceptional implementation (budget/time).

“As we started work to establish three fit-for-purpose treasury organisations, we soon realised the sheer volume and activity that needed to be separated to achieve operational readiness,” explains Nicole Horman, Treasury SMO leader.

“At the same time, all employees involved in the separation work did so while maintaining their ‘day jobs’ and ensuring that there was no disruption to run the business activities. The use of lean daily management and KPIs to track execution was critical in coordinating activity across more than 150 people,” explains Lynda McGoey, Global Head of Trade Finance and Leader of the Trade Finance separation workstream.

Footnote
  1. GE HealthCare Technologies Inc. has been awarded Overall Winner in our Best Transaction Management solution category – refer to case study.

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Adam Taplinger

Treasury and Working Capital Leader, PwC

GE is in the midst of one of the most complicated and impressive transformations in history. Within treasury, the requirements to perform day-to-day activities plus enable the execution of creating three global standalone treasury functions is an enormous effort. The GE treasury team has been resilient, motivated and laser focused on delivering strategy through execution at a monumental pace. To partner with GE has been a rewarding experience and it’s very exciting to be part of this journey. Congrats to the GE team!

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The Adam Smith Awards is the industry benchmark for best practice and innovation in corporate treasury. The 2023 awards attracted 320 nominations spanning 34 countries. To find out more please visit: treasurytoday.com/adam-smith-awards.

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