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Ex-Christ Law principal John Thaliath takes over top job at General Electric South Asia from 8-year GC Tejal Patil

Thaliath had been founding principal of Christ University's School of Law in 2006, making him part of a rarer breed in India

R&D GC John Thaliath to also head up South Asia legal at GE now
R&D GC John Thaliath to also head up South Asia legal at GE now

Bangalore-based GE Global Research general counsel (GC) John Thaliath will be taking over as general counsel (GC) of the General Electric (GE) parent company for South Asia.

The previous GC, Delhi-based Tejal Patil, who had been with the US conglomerate giant for 19 years and South Asia GC since 2012, will be leaving the company around July 2020. We have not been able to confirm her next destination at the time of going to press.

We have reached out to Thaliath, Patil and GE’s communications team for comment yesterday.

Thaliath is currently GC for GE’s Global Research Centre, a role he will be continuing alongside his wider regional responsibilities, for which he will also be spending time every month in Delhi.

He has had an unusual career for an Indian general counsel, albeit a trajectory that is a lot more common in the US and globally.

After graduating law from Mysore University in 2002 and completing an LLM in International Business Transactions at the London School of Economics (LSE), Thaliath had joined Trilegal as an associate.

But then, in 2006, he became the founding principal of Christ University’s School of Law in Bangalore, leaving in 2008.

After that he had worked in-house, first at TE Connectivity in Bangalore, then moved to MNC chipmaker Intel in 2015, and finally joined GE Research in 2016, which is GE’s technology and research and development arm, including software, robotics, biology, 3D printing and other cutting-edge areas of science.

GE’s pan-South Asia legal team is around 20 lawyers in size.

John Thaliath Work history From: Jul 2016 : General Counsel , GE Research ( Bengaluru Area ) Jul 2015 - Jul 2016 : Senior Attorney , Intel Corporation Mar 2011 - Jun 2015 : Senior Legal Counsel , TE Connectivity ( Bangalore ) Mar 2009 - Mar 2011 : Global Legal Compliance Manager , IMI Severe Service, Orange County, California (Ticker - “IMI:London”) ( Orange County ) 2006 - 2008 : Principal, School of Law, Christ University , Christ University, Bangalore, India ( Bangalore ) 2004 - 2006 : Associate , Trilegal, India Education 2002 : Mysore University Law school , LLB 2002 - 2004 : The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) , LLM , International Business Transactions
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