Sukla Chandra is responsible for developing and executing multigeneration product & commercialization strategies for GE - Rural Electrification Platform working across the energy ecosystem businesses and with multiple functions including Engineering, Sourcing, Manufacturing, Marketing and Sales. Additionally, she drives measurable progress by GE towards electrifying those without basic access to electricity in the world today through GEâs packaged hybrid offering based on customer needs.
In her previous role, Sukla was the General Manager, GE Global Research, Bangalore, where she was responsible for all the operational aspects of a research group of 300+ scientists. She has also served as Director, PACE (Patents and Analytics Centre of Excellence) at the GE John F. Welch Technology Centre. As the Director of PACE, she managed a team of Intellectual Property professionals providing strategic IP support to GE Global Research and several other GE businesses.
Sukla has several patents, and is registered with the US Patent & Trademark Office. She also co-leads the GE Womenâs Network Initiatives for India.
Sukla graduated from Jadavpur University Kolkata with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering, following which she worked with various companies including Nalco Chemicals in India. Subsequently, she received her Masterâs degree from the US in Chemical Engineering, and worked in Air Products and Chemicals
in Attentown, PA, in their process engineering group.
Sukla moved back to India in 1999, and headed the Process Engineering group at British Oxygen. In 2000, she joined GE as a research scientist. After three years, she joined the legal team in GE Global Research, and took over as a director for the group in 2008. She rose to become General Manager, GE Global Research, Bangalore, in 2013. In 2017, she took on the Global Product Leader role for GEâs Hybrid Distributed Power solutions.