FAIRFIELD, Conn. - March 10, 2008
– Karan Bhatia has been named Vice President & Senior Counsel, International Law and Policy, for the General Electric Company, GE Senior Vice President and General Counsel Brackett Denniston announced today.
Bhatiahas served in senior policy and legal positions in government and in private practice, most recently as Deputy U.S. Trade Representative in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.
“Karan’s distinguished background in both the public and private sectors will provide GE with world-class leadership in international government relations and policy,” Denniston said. “Karan is a superb leader with extensive global experience, and we are delighted he is joining GE.”
As Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Bhatia served as principal U.S. trade liaison for Asia and Africa. He previously served as Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs in the U.S. Department of Transportation, Deputy Under Secretary for Industry and Security at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Chief Counsel for Export Administration in the Department of Commerce. Prior to public service, Bhatia was a partner at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C.
Bhatia, 39, is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and has a Masters degree from the London School of Economics in Political Science. Karan graduated from Columbia Law School, where he served on Law Review.
Bhatia succeeds Michael Gadbaw, who is retiring from GE after 17 years service to the Company.
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