United Way in Waukesha County names chairs for 2013 campaign

United Way in Waukesha County announced that it plans to change its annual campaign for 2013. This year’s campaign will have three chairmen.


This year the campaign tri-chair will be three professionals all associated with GE: James Ambrose of GE Healthcare Financial Services, Robert Hutchinson of GE’s Waukesha Gas Engines, and Robert Reilly of GE Healthcare.

Two years ago John Robertstad of ProHealth Care and Joan Shafer of We Energies operated the campaign as co-chairs and last year it was a singular job done by Michael Erwin, President of Tailored Label Products.

“This year we are mobilizing the corporate citizenship of GE to improve lives,” said Michelle DuBord, United Way in Waukesha County Director of Investor Relations. “GE employs hundreds of people in Waukesha County and is our largest corporate supporter. We are really excited about the potential the tri-chair brings to the table this year.”

Ambrose is the president of GE Capital, Healthcare Financial Services, Equipment Finance where he leads the business, which has operations across the U.S. and Latin America. Ambrose has spent 31 years with GE and has lived in Waukesha County since 1999.

“The United Way embodies the GE spirit of giving back to our communities,” Ambrose said. “This tri-chair opportunity to bring three divisions of GE together to help Waukesha County is unique and affords us the ability to do something on a larger scale together.”

Hutchinson became the Vice President of Global Service for GE Waukesha Gas Engines when Waukesha Gas Engines was acquired by GE in 2011. He is responsible for the development, management, and growth of GE Waukesha Gas Engines global services business. This includes responsibility for parts sales, training, and product services and service information.

“Being a new addition to the GE family is exciting in and of itself, but having the opportunity to work with Rob and Jim on something new for all of us is an exciting prospect,” Hutchinson said. “The staff at United Way is energized and we are all looking forward to bettering the community together.”

Reilly is the Chief Marketing Officer U.S. & Canada for GE Healthcare. He has worked globally across GE’s industrial businesses over the past 20 years and has spent the last 11 years with GE Healthcare in Wisconsin in a variety of commercial roles.

“I am excited to work with my fellow GE colleagues,” Reilly said. “I think the different segments we work in will help us bring a different perspective to the table and create lasting impact on the work we are doing with United Way.”

The annual United Way campaign runs from September through December. Visit www.UnitedWayWaukesha.org for more information.

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