President and chief executive officer of GE Water & Process Technologies.
Heiner Markhoff is president and chief executive officer of GE Water & Process Technologies. The company brings together experienced professionals and advanced technologies to solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality, increased productivity and cost reduction, and environmental regulations. A 19-year GE veteran with extensive international business experience, Heiner has been in his current role since October 2008. Heiner began his career as an associate with Booz Allen & Hamilton, a strategy and technology consulting firm. He joined GE’s Corporate Business Development Team in Fairfield, CT, in 1994, and in 1995 he was appointed marketing manager for GE Silicones Europe, based in Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands. In this role, he was responsible for product management, marketing and business development activities, which led to the formation of GE Bayer Silicones in July 1998. Heiner was named commercial director of the new business. In 2000, he was promoted to general manager-automotive for GE Plastics Americas, based in Detroit, Michigan, responsible for GE Plastics’ Automotive Business in North America. From 2002 to 2006, Heiner was CEO of GE Bayer Silicones, a GE-led joint venture between GE Silicones and Bayer of Germany headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, with 1,100 employees and operations across Europe, Middle East, Africa and India. Heiner was named president of GE Plastics Europe in 2006. In this role, Heiner had responsibility for all GE Plastics business in Europe, Middle East and Africa, with approximately 3,000 employees. Heiner graduated from the University of Cologne, Germany, with degrees in economics and business administration. Employing approximately 8,000 worldwide, GE Water & Process Technologies operates in 130 countries and comprises several legacy businesses including Glegg, BetzDearborn, Osmonics, Ionics, and Zenon.