Computerworld Names Gregory Simpson, Chief Technology Officer of Synchrony Financial, a Premier 100 Technology Leader

STAMFORD, Conn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF),
is pleased to announce that our Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Gregory
Simpson, has been selected as a 2016 Premier 100 Technology Leaders
honoree by IDG’s Computerworld.
This year’s Premier 100 spotlights 100 leaders for their exceptional
technology leadership and innovative approaches to business challenges.

“The Premier 100 awards program showcases the strategic thinking of an
elite group of IT leaders who are using technology to digitally
transform their organizations,” said Scot Finnie, editor in chief of Computerworld.

“These dedicated executives are creating nimble IT organizations to
respond quickly to today’s business needs, and to the influx of
technologies such as cloud computing, the Internet of Things, social
media, mobile and wearables. They are actively recruiting talented IT
pros for their departments and grooming them to take on new roles.
They’re working hand in hand with their business colleagues to give
their organizations a competitive edge, while also constantly adjusting
their risk management strategies to align with the evolving security
landscape. We’re pleased to recognize their leadership and honor their

“This is a well-deserved honor,“ said Margaret Keane, president and CEO
of Synchrony Financial. “Greg is a strategic leader who leverages
technology and innovation to deliver on our specific business goals.”

Synchrony Financial executive vice president and CIO, Carol Juel, added,
“Greg’s expertise and insight have been critical to successfully
establishing our state-of-the-art data centers and technology
infrastructure for our newly public company. His focus on developing
leadership skills and on mentoring our IT team has been invaluable.”

As Synchrony Financial’s CTO, Greg works closely with the CIO to develop
the company’s technology strategy and he sits on Synchrony Financial’s
IT Steering Committee. Overseeing a large global team, Greg is
responsible for key IT functions including enterprise architecture,
business intelligence, business continuity management, data centers,
voice and data networks, service delivery and operations as well as end
user services and collaboration.

Based in our Kettering, Ohio offices, Greg serves on the IT Engagement
Committee and is a senior leader supporting Synchrony Financial’s
Business Leadership Program and a mentor to many within the IT team.

Prior to joining Synchrony Financial, Greg served as GE’s CTO for eight
years, where he created the shared services infrastructure team that
supports all GE businesses. In his role as GE’s CTO, Greg advised GE’s
CIO and business CIO’s on new technology directions, and served on the
company’s IT Council. The “service business” Greg created leveraged GE’s
scale to increase control, decrease cost and facilitate better
collaboration across GE through common solutions. In addition, Greg’s
team kicked off the initial commercial cloud supporting the launch of
GE’s software Center of Excellence. Greg’s extensive IT career spans
more than 30 years with GE. Prior to becoming the CTO of GE in November
of 2005, Greg served in a number of business CTO roles, including GE’s
Healthcare, Aviation and Lighting businesses. Greg was also the CIO for
a major GE Healthcare acquisition.

Greg is a regular spokesperson on business technology trends, both in
national media and at industry events. Greg received his BSME from
Purdue University and his MSME from Case Western Reserve University.

Greg and other winners will be honored at The Premier 100 awards during
the AGENDA16 Conference held March 21 – 23, 2016, in Amelia
Island, Florida. The conference, to be attended by hundreds of
influential business and senior IT executives, will focus on building
the digital business. (More information available at

About the Premier 100 Technology Leadership Awards

The Premier 100 program was created in 2000 to spotlight individuals who
have had a positive impact on their organizations through technology.
These are individuals who manage internal IT organizations, mentor and
motivate their IT teams and business colleagues, create a positive work
environment, envision innovative solutions to business challenges and
effectively manage and execute IT strategies. Each year, nominees are
invited to complete a questionnaire that addresses a number of topics,
including their background and experience and their attitude toward risk
and innovation. Using Computerworld’s IT Leader Index, which is a
measurement of how closely an individual matches our definition of the
IT Leader, we analyze the data. Each year, 100 honorees are selected to
receive this life-time recognition award. Information on previous
honorees can be viewed at:

About Synchrony Financial

Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF)
is one of the nation’s premier consumer financial services companies.
Our roots in consumer finance trace back to 1932, and today we are the
largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States
based on purchase volume and receivables.* We provide a range
of credit products through programs we have established with a diverse
group of national and regional retailers, local merchants,
manufacturers, buying groups, industry associations and healthcare
service providers to help generate growth for our partners and offer
financial flexibility to our customers. Through our partners’ over
300,000 locations across the United States and Canada, and their
websites and mobile applications, we offer our customers a variety of
credit products to finance the purchase of goods and services. Synchrony
Financial (formerly GE Capital Retail Finance) offers private label and
co-branded Dual Card credit cards, promotional financing and
installment lending, loyalty programs and FDIC-insured savings products
through Synchrony Bank. More information can be found at,

*Source: The Nilson Report (April, 2015, Issue # 1062) –
based on 2014 data.

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading IT media brand helping senior IT, business
decision-makers and key influencers navigate change with
effective business strategy. As the voice of business technology,
Computerworld enables the IT value chain with unique editorial coverage
from setting strategies to deriving value. Computerworld’s award-winning
website (, focused
conference series, strategic marketing solutions and research forms
the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and
provides opportunities for IT vendors to engage this audience.
Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 7.5
million monthly page views (Omniture, November 2014 – January 2015
average) and was recognized in BtoB’s 2013 Media Power 50
list; recognition Computerworld has received for more than 5 consecutive
years. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of
International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and
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