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As GE Vernova advances toward becoming a stand-alone company, Jessica Uhl and Pablo Koziner have been appointed to serve as president of R&D and CCO, respectively.
GE has announced that GE Vernova officially updated two positions on its leadership team as the organization progresses towards a planned spin-off. Jessica Uhl will take over as president of the spin-off, while Pablo Koziner assumes the role of chief commercial officer. The spin-off will establish a stand-alone company focused on the energy transition in the beginning of Q2 2024.
Jessica Uhl has been appointed to the team as president and it will take effect January 22, 2024, Uhl will report to GE Vernova CEO Scott Strazik and guide the company’s strategic roadmap on technology, innovation, and growth, as well as leading the R&D and business development teams. She joined GE’s board of directors in 2023, but will depart the board upon completion of the spin-off to concentrate her efforts on the new role.
“I’ve had the privilege to work closely with Jessica as a member of the GE Board, and with her proven leadership and extensive experience in the energy sector, I believe she is uniquely positioned for this role and will further strengthen our purpose-driven culture,” said Scott Strazik, CEO, GE Vernova. “She brings both domain expertise and practical skills to enable GE Vernova to innovate, grow, and lead in the energy transition at scale and to advance our mission of electrifying and decarbonizing the world.”
Uhl retains more than two decades of experience in the energy sector, having run global companies in power, renewables, and the oil and gas sector. She is currently co-chair of the Mission Possible Partnership, which is focused on decarbonizing industry and transportation at scale, and also serves on the board of directors at Goldman Sachs. Uhl was previously the CFO and a board member of Shell from 2017 to 2022, and received her MBA from INSEAD in France.
In addition to Uhl’s updated position, Pablo Koziner will serve as chief commercial officer (CCO) and will report to Strazik as well, with his role taking effect on January 22, 2024. Koziner will focus on strengthening the customer experience and maximizing GE Vernova’s scale across power, wind, and electrification businesses to support the energy transition.
“In his first few months in the company, Pablo has already become an incredibly valuable and trusted partner for me on how we run our company better and focus our entire organization even more on the customer,” said Strazik. “I’m confident that under his leadership we will be well-prepared to take our next step as a stand-alone company that accelerates the energy transition in lockstep with our customers.”
Koziner joined GE Vernova as a strategy leader from the Nikola Corporation in 2023, adding his extensive global energy and commercial experience garnered throughout his career. He led the commercial sales, hydrogen fueling, and battery charging businesses at Nikola and spent more than 19 years at Caterpillar as president of solar turbines, vice president of electric power, and leader of dealer relations. Koziner graduated from Boston College and earned his JD from Boston College Law School.