RITE, Greater Cleveland Partnership’s technology talent arm and the region’s IT workforce alliance, has a new leader on its team to help guide a Cuyahoga County initiative to build critical talent pipelines for regional IT employers and create a more inclusive IT workforce.
Craig Platt joins the GCP RITE team as the new Managing Director, IT Sector Partnership. With extensive management and leadership experience in both the industrial and consumer manufacturing market segments, Platt’s GE career spanned 35 years across multiple businesses. He served as Chief Information Officer of GE Lighting & Industrial, CIO of GE Lighting, and IT Director Global Supply Chain of GE Lighting & Current powered by GE. Most recently, Platt was Vice President Technical Product Management for GE Current, a Daintree Company.
“Craig is an accountable, transformational leader with a proven track record of delivering business results and significant customer outcomes by leading business processes and implementing innovative digital technologies,” said Courtney DeOreo, RITE’s Executive Director. “We look forward to leveraging this experience to accelerate our work and double down on the objectives of the IT Sector Partnership made ever more urgent as a result of the pandemic.” Earlier this year, RITE earned the designation as the intermediary for the Workforce Connect IT Sector Partnership. The goal of the sector partnership is to address two key issues: a significant shortage of IT talent for employers and a lack of clear and actionable career pathways with family-sustaining wages for job seekers. The initiative is also focused on creating economic opportunity for underserved residents of Cuyahoga County and reducing racial disparities in economic outcomes.
Craig brings an outstanding supply chain background to the work as well as broad, strategic, and operational expertise in product management, engineering, sourcing, business intelligence, finance and customer relationship management. Platt was a Diversity Champion at GE Lighting and received two GE Information Technology icon awards. He presented at Gartner conferences, GE Minds and Machines events, as well as multiple commercial software conferences.
Beyond his business results, Platt is active in community service. He served as president for GE’s northeast region of its community service and volunteer organization. He has helped build playgrounds in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, hosted student professional development events, consulted for multiple years on East Cleveland’s School District Continuous Improvement Teams, and served on the advisory board for the launch of GE’s onsite STEM school class.
“Craig’s career is characterized by hard work, leadership, a passion for excellence, simplification, and building strong, motivated teams that deliver results,” said Shana Marbury, SVP of GCP’s Talent Division. “He’s a thought leader with a guiding vision for the sector partnership as we work together with our employers to address our region’s tech workforce needs and create more opportunities for Northeast Ohio residents.”Platt and his wife, Terri, are long-time residents of the greater Cleveland area and have four sons. They enjoy traveling to spend time with their children and grandchildren.