Fairfield University welcomes GE International President & CEO Ferdinando 'Nani' Beccalli-Falco to speak about GE's place in the volatile global marketplace


On Monday, September 10 at 7:30 a.m., Fairfield University will host a presentation featuring Ferdinando 'Nani' Beccalli-Falco, the president and chief executive officer of GE (General Electric) International, who will talk about being at the epicenter of the rapid internationalization of Fairfield-based GE.

Mr. Beccalli-Falco's talk, entitled "Megatrends in Global Business," will touch upon the conglomerate's place in the global marketplace as it continues to evolve at a breakneck speed.

The free lecture will take place on the Fairfield campus at the Charles F. Dolan School of Business, which is celebrating this year the 30th anniversary of Fairfield University establishing the School of Business. Please R.S.V.P. to the University's Office of Special Events at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2660. Due to space considerations, seating is limited.

Fairfield University President Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., who is hosting the event, said that Mr. Beccalli-Falco will provide students with rich educational lessons in how a Fortune 500 company is evolving today in the global economy. "He has had a stellar career at GE, and we are looking forward to his sharing his vast knowledge of business with the community."

Norm Solomon, Ph. D., dean of the Dolan School, said Mr. Beccalli-Falco will spark a dynamic conversation about global business. "Of particular interest to our faculty and students as well as the public is the key role he is playing in the continuing and rapid internationalization of GE. His visit will give us a rare opportunity to learn a corporate executive's inside view about the challenges and opportunities facing this industrial giant in the increasingly globalized marketplace."

Based in Brussels, Mr. Beccalli-Falco, who maintains a Connecticut residence, brings to his position a distinguished record of service with GE. Since 2005, Mr. Beccalli-Falco has been chiefly responsible for directing GE's strategies for growth outside the United States. More specifically, he is working on behalf of all GE businesses to expand customer and government relationships internationally. His work also involves developing new business markets.

He has worked on multiple continents during his 32 years with GE. Prior to heading up GE International, Mr. Beccalli-Falco served as president and chief executive officer of GE in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Canada.

In 1977, he worked for GE Plastics at the company's European headquarters in the Netherlands. In 1981, he moved to GE Plastics' global headquarters in the United States, where he held management positions in the Specialty Plastics, NORYL resin, LEXAN resin and Marketing divisions. In 1987, he returned to the Netherlands as director of marketing. From 1993 to 1996, he served as president of GE Plastics Japan Ltd. He then served as vice president and General Manager of GE Plastics Americas until 2001 when he joined GE Capital Services to serve as its executive vice president. In that role, he oversaw GE Capital's Equipment Management businesses, including Americom, Fleet Services, Rail Services, TIP/Modular Space and Penske Truck Leasing. He was also responsible for GE Capital India, GE Capital Global Sourcing, GE Capital Container Finance and the GE SeaCo JV.

Born and raised in Italy, he earned a master's degree in chemical engineering from the Polytechnic of Torino in Italy, and he completed graduate work in business administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Media Contact: Meg McCaffrey, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2726, mmccaffrey@fairfield.edu

Posted on August 28, 2007

Vol. 40, No. 29