Carlos Haertel, CTO & Chief Innovation Officer at GE, will be joining Corporate Parity’s 3rd Annual R&D Innovation Excellence/Desing Thinking Summit, Amsterdam 12th-13th April 2018 

About The Summit

This summit will also present you with the opportunity to engage more directly with Design Thinking, with a separate programme of workshops and talks on the subject scheduled to take place concurrently. Delegates will be able to choose from three distinct tracks focused on INNOVATION, INDUSTRY and DESIGN. As a special bonus, on day one there will be the option to attend a field trip to the prestigious Design Thinking Center Amsterdam. Our exclusive, hands-on programme will show you how Design Thinking can be used for an organisational approach as well as for products and services. Presented by Corporate Parity, the 3rd Annual R and D Innovation Excellence/Design Thinking Summit will look at what industries and businesses are facing now and what they expect to encounter in the future. Learn how to increase productivity, budget and strategies for R and D projects and how to measure successful inventions from industry experts and forward-thinking leaders.


Carlos Härtel is Chief Technology and Innovation Officer for GE in Europe. He is responsible for driving new product and technology development in the region, closely partnering with GE’s global businesses. Carlos Härtel leads co-creation efforts with key customers, develops GE’s access to world-class R&D partners and infrastructure, and accelerates the transfer and commercialization of advanced technologies. Together with GE Digital and the company’s industrial divisions, he is responsible for the innovation agenda in Europe. He is also General Manager of GE’s European Research Center in Garching near Munich. From October 2015 until July 2016, Carlos Härtel was President and CEO for GE in Germany and Austria, managing GE’s operations in these countries, creating and implementing strategy and coordinating cross-business growth initiatives.


Carlos will be discussing ‘Ideas to Products – Innovation Management at GE’. Within this, he will be highlighting how to understand industrial ecosystems to develop innovation strategies & accelerating the adoption of new technologies by breakout moves. A focus will be put on organising R&D for synergy and cross-fertilization across business and applications.

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