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Andrea Williamson, BEng Mgt '01

Chemical Engineering & Management | Show Her the Money

After graduating with her BEng in Chemical Engineering & Management in 2001, Andrea Williamson took a position with General Electric (GE) in the Financial Management Program.

It was a role that has determined the first two decades of her career, leading her south of the border and into increasingly responsible positions with GE Capital, working in capital markets and investor relations.

“My last role was with GE Power Services, working to drive cash optimization through efficient collections practices for $10+ Billion in annual customer payments,” says Williamson.

After spending the first four years of her career working in GE’s Financial Management Program and Corporate Audit Staff, Williamson moved to California to work as a GE Capital Markets manager for several years. She then moved to the New York City area, where she eventually served as a Senior Vice President. Following that position, she transitioned into an executive role with GE Power Services, which she held until earlier this year.

“I am currently enjoying a sabbatical from the working world, enjoying getting more involved with my children's schools and sporting teams, while I re-charge and enter the next phase of my career,” she says. “This time for reflection and introspection has been a gift, and I am excited for what lies ahead.”

For today student’s, she advises nimbleness in the face of challenges and opportunities.

“The pace of change and evolution in the marketplace is even faster now than it was when I graduated 17 years ago,” she says. “So think of your career as a journey, and not someplace to arrive to or a status to be achieved. Don’t forget that any status can be short-lived.”