Class of 2015
Barbara Daniele is Senior Executive Counsel, Strategic Initiatives for General Electric (“GE”). She recently was awarded a Life Time Achievement Award for her work in advancing diversity at GE. Prior to October, she served as the general counsel of GE Capital, Americas, a business that provides financing for equipment, inventory and franchises; fleet services and M & A, buyout and restructuring capital to companies in over 40 industries. In this role she led the legal and regulatory agenda for this financial services company, including accessing the opportunities for new products and markets, leading the legal response for over $50 billion in acquisitions and dispositions, analysis of enterprise-wide risks associated with massive regulatory changes affecting banking and finance since the financial crisis, and served as the counselor to the CEO.
Prior to this role, Ms. Daniele was the general counsel of GE Capital Solutions and GE Commercial Equipment Financing, equipment leasing and lending businesses with operations in 30 countries and assets of approximately $130 billion where she led global teams focused on delighting customers.
Ms. Daniele came to GE in 1996, as the head of litigation for GE Capital, where she was consistently recognized for her outstanding contributions, among others, including nuanced risk assessments leading to the largest civil judgment in the history of Connecticut in favor of her client. Ms. Daniele was responsible for all significant litigations, including class actions, interfacing with regulators and driving the strategic response to material Company exposure. In this regard, Ms. Daniele’s advice was regularly sought by senior management and the Board in arriving at complex financial judgments.
Prior to joining GE, Ms. Daniele was SVP, Associate General Counsel, and head of litigation of Chemical Bank responsible for legal teams handling securities litigation, consumer class actions, real estate restructurings, and D&O insurance coverage, among other things. She regularly reported to the Board on the exposure facing the Bank and served as counsel to Special Risk Subcommittees of the Board. She also was an adjunct professor of law at New York Law School.
Ms. Daniele received her J.D. with honors from St. John’s University School of Law and was associated with Weil, Gotshal, & Manges, LLP and Seward & Kissel. She serves as Vice Chair of the Board of CPR, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution, head of the Governance Committee of School the World, a 501(c)(3), and on the NYS Bar Association Task Force on the Future of The Legal Profession.