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Sep 30 Business Breakfast: Dr. Walter Robb: Noted GE Executive Talks Taking Risks in Business and Life

Sep 30 Business Breakfast: Dr. Walter Robb: Noted GE Executive Talks Taking Risks in Business and Life



Dr. Walter Robb, a 42-year veteran of General Electric (GE) who reported directly to Jack Welch, worked his way up the ladder from bench engineer to senior vice president – growing GE’s Medical Systems division to a $1 billion worldwide operation and successfully changing the company’s entire funding strategy for its research and development division. Robb, author of a new book titled “Taking Risks – Getting Ahead in Business and Life,” will discuss how taking reasonable risks has accounted for all of his successes, including in start-ups, large corporations, laboratories, and non-profits.



8 Centennial Drive
Peabody MA USA

Date and Time

Begins: 09/30/2015 07:00 AM
Ends: 09/30/2015 09:00 AM

About our Speaker:

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Dr. Walter L. Robb, President of Vantage Management, Inc.

Dr. Walter L. Robb, now a management consultant and President of Vantage Management, Inc., was the General Electric Company’s Senior Vice-President for Corporate Research and Development until December 1993. He directed the GE Research and Development Center, one of the world’s largest and most diversified industrial laboratories, and served on the Company’s Corporate Executive Council.

A chemical engineer with a B.S. from Penn State and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Robb first joined GE with the Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory. He later headed GE Medical Systems for 13 years, where he directed that organization’s growth into the world’s leading producer of medical diagnostic imaging equipment – turning it into a billion-dollar-plus per year advanced technology business with more than 10,000 employees worldwide. Under his management, GE introduced computer tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) scanners that are now established as the standards in diagnostic imaging.

Presently, Robb serves on the Boards of six start-ups and is CEO of a small fuel cell company. He has been an Investor and Director in more than 15 start-ups, and was an early Director for both Celgene and Cree Research. In 1987 he was presented with Pennsylvania State University’s Distinguished Alumni Award, and in 1993 he received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton for his leadership in the CT and MR imaging industry. Robb holds 12 patents dealing with permeable membranes and separation processes, and is the author of several published articles in professional journals.

Breakfast Sponsor:


Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world.

Lawyers in Pepper’s Boston office focus on corporate and securities, corporate restructuring and bankruptcy, tax, complex corporate and commercial litigation, patent litigation and other intellectual property matters. Our Boston lawyers serve clients in a variety of industries, including private equity and venture capital firms, businesses in the life sciences, high-tech companies, and organizations in the retail, service and manufacturing arenas. They include public companies, as well as emerging and entrepreneurial businesses.
We take a proactive approach to our representation of life sciences companies by organizing around client objectives and bringing together lawyers with a variety of skills and experience into a formal, interdisciplinary life sciences practice. This holistic approach enables us to provide comprehensive counseling to life sciences companies at every stage of their development as a company and every stage of the product life cycle, including discovery, development, manufacturing, marketing and sales. Our clients must navigate this pathway in a heavily regulated and constantly changing environment, which includes escalating business, financing and pricing pressures as well as the constant threat of government investigations, and commercial, patent and mass tort products liability litigation. Through our experience, we are able to assist clients at every step along the product life cycle.

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