Doing the Right Thing
Mark Vachon, BA’82, PNT
Mark Vachon, BA’82, PNT, recently retired from GE following a successful 30-year career. He was vice president of GE ecomagination, the initiative that develops and launches innovative clean technology to drive growth company-wide.
Vachon assumed that role in 2010 and two years later, ecomagination posted $27 billion in revenue, “well over twice the pace of the rest of the company,” adds the D’Amore-McKim School of Business graduate.
His success is built on a foundation of decades of leadership experience, most notably in executive positions at GE Healthcare—including CEO for the Americas—and as chief financial officer and executive vice president for NBC-Universal.
“When GE interviewed me, I had over a year of real work experience. The combination of honors academics and co-op experience made me competitive in the job market, and Northeastern was key in my trajectory.”
He remained committed to paying it forward. During his tenure at GE, he served as a GE University Executive. In that capacity, he identified the best and brightest co-op students for potential full-time jobs at GE. All told, he and the GE team helped place many of the 700 alumni currently employed at the company.
Vachon also remains deeply involved with Northeastern. His daughter is a current student, and he is a member of the Northeastern Corporation and the D’Amore-McKim School of Business Dean’s Executive Council. And in 2003, he and his wife established the Mark L. and Karen D. Vachon Scholarship to support D’Amore-McKim students.
Now, Vachon is busy exploring leadership roles with corporate boards and private equity, and embraces the opportunity to apply his extensive experience to help advance other organizations. “I am also looking forward to being more engaged with Northeastern and the D’Amore-McKim School of Business, and continuing to give back to the university and the Boston community as a whole,” he shares. “I don’t see retirement as the end of the game, I see this as half time.”