Deb Elam, chief diversity officer for General Electric since 2002, was appointed president of the GE Foundation. She replaces Bob Corcoran who recently retired. Before serving as chief diversity officer, she was the managing director of human resources at GE Capital Commercial Finance. For the GE brand, she has held human resources positions in several areas including GE Consulting Services, GE Capital Insurance Services and GE Capital Mortgage Corp.
“After spending eleven years leading GE’s diversity initiatives, I’m pleased to announce that I will be assuming the role as president of the GE Foundation. In my new expanded role, I hope to help bring GE employees closer to their communities while maintaining diversity and inclusiveness as an essential part of our productivity, creativity, innovation and competitive advantage. I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity,” says Elam.
Elam’s tenure with GE spans 26 years. She is a graduate of GE’s Human Resources Leadership Program and a member of the Executive Leadership Council. In 2005, she was honored as a Network Journal Influential Black Woman in Business. Elam has a master’s degree in public administration from Southern University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Louisiana State University.