U.Va. Darden School MBA for Executives Graduate Receives “GE Heroes of IT Award”

Article ID: 615238

Released: 19-Mar-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Source Newsroom: University of Virginia Darden School Foundation

by Abena Foreman-Trice

18 March 2014

Newswise — CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia — University of Virginia Darden School of Business MBA for Executives alumnus John Hibbs (EMBA `11) takes information technology (IT) and security very seriously.

Recently, the General Electric (GE) Capital chief information security officer was recognized for eliminating attackers invisible to computer anti-virus scans with a “GE Heroes of IT Award.”

In his role, Hibbs has aggressively minimized risk and implemented “industry-leading security analytics” through programs he helped develop.

He credits his Darden education for the successes in his current position.

“Darden provided me the ability to lead at an enterprise level in the private sector and gain results,” said Hibbs, who transitioned from the military into a senior executive position.

“I was effectively able to gain the trust and confidence of my superiors and have the confidence to make hard, strategic decisions to robustly improve GE Capital's cyber security posture.”

“Heroes of IT” is an "award of the year" for either a team or an individual in prescribed focus areas, including:

• Simplification
• Employee Experience
• Cyber Security
• Data & Analytics/Innovation
• Investment in IT

GE selects the award recipients out of a target population of approximately 40,000 employees in IT.

Hibbs was the only GE Capital awardee out of approximately 5,000 Capital IT members.

About the Darden School of Business
The University of Virginia Darden School of Business is one of the world's leading business schools, offering MBA, Ph.D. and Executive Education programs. The unique Darden experience combines the case study method, top-ranked faculty whose research advances global managerial practice and business education, and a tight-knit learning environment to develop responsible and complete leaders who are ready to make an impact.

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