Cynthia Tragge-Lakra is a senior executive with global experience in culture change, leadership development, organizational strategy, executive coaching, client generalist partnerships and M&A.
Cynthia is currently the SVP and Chief Talent Officer at Synchrony Financial where she leads the Talent, Learning and Culture Practice. She recently led the HR transition efforts related to IPO and separation from GE. She has over twenty years of experience with GE in a variety of industries, functions and global locations. She has managed businesses through the cycles of accelerated growth and global expansion as well as global repositioning.
Some prior roles include SVP, HR for GE Money Americas leading a workforce of 25,000 across 12 countries; SVP, HR for GE Capital Global Equipment Services & Consumer Finance managing workforce of ~13,000 across 26 countries driving “red assets” divestitures; VP, Executive Development managing GE’s talent management & succession processes; VP, Commercial Programs leading commercial growth initiatives & talent pipeline; VP Latin America where she managed the regions HR, marketing and communication practice.
Cynthia is an alumna of GE’s Human Resource Leadership Program and Corporate Audit Staff. She has been a speaker on Organizational Change, Culture and Executive Development at CEB, University of Michigan, GE’s Crotonville and quoted in several publications including Harvard Business Review. She has served on the board of the Center for International Business Education at the University of Michigan and currently serves on Advisory Boards with Linkage Women in Leadership and Norwalk Community College.
Prior to joining GE, Cynthia pursued entrepreneurial ventures in China and Japan. She also managed her family business in the U.S. telecommunications industry.
Cynthia earned an MBA, MA in Japanese Studies and BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan and lives in Connecticut with her husband and children.