Head of Alliances & Marketing, Intelligent Environments, GE Current, a Daintree Company
GE Current, a Daintree Company
Jim Benson is the Head of Strategic Marketing & Alliances for GE Current’s Intelligent Environments business. In this role Jim partners with building & city leaders to deploy end-to-end IoT platforms that go beyond lighting control and build applications that save money, increase revenue, and offer new services that improve energy efficiency, citizen safety, space utilization, productivity, and user experience. His passion is driven by the possibilities an interoperable IoT platform, that captures real-time ubiquitous data can deliver. He believes by building an ever-expanding ecosystem of partners and engaging the innovative developer community, thousands of applications can be built to drive desired outcomes for buildings and cities.Before this role Jim ran Marketing and Business Development for GE’s Commercial Lighting business and was a key member of the founding intelligent Cities startup inside of GE that lead to the creation of GE Current’s CityIQ™ platform. Jim has gained valuable experience working with its GE’s Power, Energy, Appliances and Lighting businesses. He has more than 20 years of experience leading solution development and commercial teams at both GE and The Hoover Company. He was also a GE Ecomagination steering committee member and has lead multiple GE leadership training development programs. Jim is a member of the Smart Cities Council and on various committees and represents GE as a Platform Partner for US Ignite and NIST’s Global Cities Team Challenge. Jim has degrees in finance and economics from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of GE’s Financial Management Program, Experience Financial Management Program and Northwestern University’s Executive Marketing Program. A native of Canton, Ohio, Jim and his wife Robyn have five children.