Kelvin Jones – CUP Member Spotlight

What is your occupation and how did you come to work in this field?
I’m a Senior Vice President at GE Asset Management and I lead a team of risk professionals responsible for the management of market and operational risk for our externally managed assets.  This includes our Alternative Asset area which is comprised of Hedge Funds, Commercial Real Estate, and Private Equity portfolios.   In addition, I have responsibility for enterprise wide risk reporting and performance analytics.

I began my career with GE in finance and spent several years progressing through a series of finance leadership roles at GE Capital.  After obtaining my MBA, I had a desire to broaden my experience and a mentor encouraged me to consider a cross functional move into Risk Management.  I saw this as an opportunity to build on my finance background while developing an expertise in a new functional area.

What is the biggest challenge of your work?
Within the operational risk area, a growing challenge is the issue of cyber security.   The expansion of businesses operating within the “cloud” and via mobile devices has put a spotlight on being able to assess and mitigate this risk.

What is your proudest achievement?
Prior to my current role, I spent ten years working and living abroad.  I had the opportunity to lead risk management teams across multiple European countries and was able to deliver results by successfully navigating the many cultural complexities and unique country business environments.

What leaders, thinkers or doers do you admire most?
I admire leaders who display courage combined with compassion for others; great leaders are also able to energize people to go to a place they can’t see.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Continuing to enjoy the work I do and making a difference in the lives of others.

What would be your advice to young people who want their careers and lives to have an impact?
Always seek to leave things better than you found it.  Pursue opportunities which lie outside your comfort zone and follow your passion.

Did you have a mentor or do you mentor someone else? How has that experience changed you?
I have been fortunate to develop several mentoring relationships which have allowed me to obtain advice and learn from the experience of others.  I provide the same counsel and coaching to the people I currently mentor.  I would also highlight the importance of peer mentoring - you can learn as much from those at your level as you can from those at the level to which may you aspire.