Alex Dimitrief is an experienced and trusted director, C-suite leader, general counsel and trial lawyer who has steered global businesses through a wide range of complex commercial, operational and legal challenges. He is a champion of lawyers and the roles they play in promoting integrity and civilized discourse.
At Zeughauser Group, Alex advises law firms and legal departments on a broad range of strategic issues, including leadership, promoting integrity, counseling and communication, diversity and inclusion, talent development and deepening strategic relationships between law firms and their clients.
As President and CEO of General Electric’s Global Growth Organization, Alex was responsible for driving GE’s growth in 180+ countries. On Alex’s watch in 2018, GE landed $76 billion in international orders. As GE’s General Counsel, Alex led ateam of 5,000+ responsible for GE’s legal matters, compliance and government affairs and environmental safety programs. Alex was also a leader of the transformation of GE Capital, where he oversaw the IPO/split-off of Synchrony Financial and over $200 billion of dispositions. In earlier GE roles, Alex led complex joint venture negotiations in China and Russia and won the “Hero of Growth Award” for GE’s defense of financial-crisis investigations and litigation.
In announcing Alex’s retirement from GE in January 2019, CEO Larry Culp described Alex as “one of the most respected leaders at GE. He has mentored many of GE’s great leaders [and] been a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion. Alex has effectively represented GE before governments, regulators and customers throughout the world and is widely recognized as a compelling champion of integrity, transparency and the rule of law.”
Alex joined GE from Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he was a senior trial lawyer in a broad variety of cases for 20 years. He attended Yale College and Harvard Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Alex was selected out of law school as the then youngest-ever White House Fellow and began his career in the Office of Political & Intergovernmental Affairs.
Alex has been a long-time champion of gender equality and chaired the 2017 Gala of the National Women’s Law Center. He was honored as 2017 Ally of the Year by GE’s GLBT Alliance and awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2018 by New York Law School for promoting diversity and inclusion around the globe.
Alex teaches a new class at Harvard Law School on the “Corporation as a Citizen” and was recently appointed a Distinguished Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at the Center for Business and Financial Law at New York Law School. Alex has served in leadership positions on numerous non-profit boards and is presently a Global Trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Alex has been married to his wife, Jill, for more than 30 years. They have three adult children and divide their time between New York and California.