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6 Questions Partners Have About GE Digital's Spin-Off

The spin-off of GE Digital into a standalone industrial IoT company raises new questions, including whether it will remain with GE long-term, what the company's new name will be and who will become the company's next CEO.

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Who Will Be GE Digital's Next CEO?

Chief among questions for partners is who will succeed Bill Ruh (pictured) as GE Digital's CEO. In GE's announcement this morning, the company said it has begun a search for Ruh's successor and that it would consider external and internal candidates.

Jim Gillespie, CEO of GrayMatter, a Warrendale, Pa.-based GE Digital partner, said he hopes GE Digital's next CEO will lay out the roadmap for use cases, as well as auxiliary ones.

"That customer focus and use case focus will be good," he said.

Barry Lynch, CEO of Factora, a Trois-Rivières, Quebec-based system integrator, said GE Digital will need its next CEO to have a solid understanding of the market and how the company's industrial IoT platform Predix can differentiate from the hundreds of competitors on the market.

"They're going to need to have an entrepreneurial business leader," he said.

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