Nicholas Garbis

Strategic Workforce Planning Leader at General Electric

Nicholas is the leader of the Workforce Intelligence COE at GE Power & Water, a division of GE with 40,000 employees in 100 countries.  The COE is responsible for creating value by building the P&W team’s capabilities with workforce planning tools and processes, and for delivering advanced workforce analytics that drive enhanced decisions around talent.
Nicholas started his GE career in 2010, joining the GE Energy division’s Global Strategy & Planning team as the Strategic Workforce Planning Leader.  This was a dual role, reporting to the commercial organization and also to the GE Energy CHRO.  Nicholas built out workforce planning tools and capabilities within HR and integrated the processes into the business’ strategic planning cycle.  Nicholas also developed a 15-year labor forecast model for the power sector as part of the economic scenarios book published internally for the top 150 leaders.  In December 2012, Nicholas’ work was included in a whitepaper that GE published externally entitled “Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines” (link)
Prior to joining GE, from 2008-2010, Nicholas worked as a Senior Consultant for Infohrm (now part of SuccessFactors, an SAP company), a firm specializing in workforce analytics and workforce planning consulting and technology solutions.  In that role, Nicholas supported several Fortune 500 organizations in building their capabilities in workforce analytics and workforce planning. 
From 2000-2008, Nicholas worked for Target Corporation in various positions.  In 2002, Nicholas was part of the Stores Operations team that developed an industry-leading series of metrics delivered through a new technology platform, revolutionizing the use of metrics by stores leadership and the management in each of the 1,100+ Target Stores.  In 2003, Nicholas worked on a project from concept to final delivery which implemented new team schedule optimization and timekeeping technology across all of Target.  Post-project, Nicholas built a new HR Business Intelligence team which managed the new HR data warehouse and delivered planning and analytics projects through a global team of analysts and statisticians.
Nicholas started his career in the insurance industry after receiving a degree in Actuarial Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He worked in insurance, rsk consulting, and later taught high school mathematics for two years for the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Nick is based in Minneapolis, MN, where he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, early morning cycling, canoeing and camping, and exploring music.