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Chief Innovation Manager at GE Lighting
Tom Stimac is responsible for creating the strategy and execution around GE Lighting’s connected home space, including technical vision and up-and-coming product innovations. Tom has a true talent for turning fresh ideas into great products, as proved in his patents and elite acceptance of the 2016 Edison Pioneer Award, an excellence achievement in product innovation, customer service and organizational citizenship, and an award that only 15 people across the 300,000+ GE employee base receive each year.
Tom drives strategy, seamless cross-functional communication, and execution as more connected products are being developed, while helping to transform the Consumer Lighting industry. He oversees GE Lighting’s connected incubation lab and is involved in smart product innovation and partner networking.
Tom joined GE in 2001 designing LED systems, and over the years has taken on several roles including Product Safety and Regulatory Compliance Manager, Principal Engineer and System Manager. He has a deep technical knowledge of LED systems, and represents GE in a variety of industry organizations, including ANSI, UL and NEMA. He was one of the first members of GEL Core, an original LED startup within GE.
Tom holds both a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cleveland State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.