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Dean’s Seminar Series Welcomes Global Infrastructure Partners’ Bill Woodburn

McCormick alumnus to speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21

William A. Woodburn, founding partner of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), currently the largest private equity fund investing in energy and transportation infrastructure globally, will speak to the McCormick community at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 as part of the McCormick Dean’s Seminar Series.

Bill WoodburnWoodburn, who holds a master’s degree from McCormick, will discuss his experience in the infrastructure investment field in his talk, “Engineering Thinking: How an Analytical Mindset Can Drive Business Success." 

The lecture will be held in the ITW classroom at the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center on Northwestern’s Evanston campus.

Based in Connecticut, Woodburn serves as chair of GIP’s Portfolio Management and Valuation Committees and is a member of the Investment and Operating Committees. He also oversees GIP’s Operating Team.

Prior to the formation of GIP in 2006, Woodburn spent 23 years at General Electric, where he most recently served as president and CEO of GE Infrastructure, which consisted of Water Technologies, Security, and Sensing Growth Platforms and GE Fanuc Automation. Before leading GE Infrastructure, he was president and CEO of GE Specialty Materials, a multi-business division of that included Silicones, Quartz, Superabrasives, and Water Technologies. 

Woodburn previously served as executive vice president and as a member of the four-person Office of the CEO at GE Capital, with oversight responsibilities for GE Capital Equipment Management businesses. He served on the GE Capital Board for 2000 and 2001. He was vice president and general manager with GE Plastics for six years responsible for GE Superabrasives. 

Woodburn is a member of the Boards of Directors of Access Midstream Partners, LLC (formerly known as Chesapeake Midstream Partners, LLC), Gatwick Airport Limited, Terra-Gen Power Holdings LLC, and Edinburgh Airport.