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GE GENIUSLINK™ partners with Upwork to triple its talent network

New affiliation offers direct access to more than 20 million experts with over 5,000 skills

BOSTON – September 7, 2017 – GENIUSLINK™, GE’s internal resource matching talent to task, today unveiled a partnership with Upwork, the largest freelancing site. The combination of GENIUSLINK and Upwork creates an expert network of millions of independent professionals with in-demand skills spanning from IT and engineering to design and marketing.

GENIUSLINK was launched by GE in 2013 to provide a pool of internal and external talent to GE businesses focused on solving tough business challenges. Since then, the GENIUSLINK model has evolved and now serves customers both internally and externally with a network of more than 20 million experts worldwide.

“Markets today demand a level of speed and sophistication that are increasingly difficult to achieve using traditional approaches,” said Dyan Finkhousen, president and CEO of GENIUSLINK and Director of Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing for GE. “This partnership with Upwork will help our customers get business done faster by providing direct access to their global network of experts, the largest available pool of highly-skilled independent talent.”

The program launches with a rapid collaboration to drive speed and productivity for GE teams and customers by delivering the right talent resources, at the right time, for the right outcomes.  

“We’re excited to partner with GENIUSLINK to provide GE with easy, on-demand access to specialized talent that is scalable, compliant and efficient,” said Eric Gilpin, Senior Vice President of Enterprise at Upwork. “Companies are increasingly embracing new business models and technologies in order to move with greater speed and agility. We’re looking forward to collaborating with GENIUSLINK to help drive efficiencies and deliver business value to GE and its customers.”

Used by nearly 20 percent of Fortune 500 companies, Upwork Enterprise is the company’s industry-leading solution for companies that are building flexible benches of freelance talent. Upwork Enterprise combines technology with talent sourcing and compliance services to deliver work faster and more affordably than traditional resourcing approaches.

Dyan Finkhousen and Eric Gilpin will be discussing “Next-Gen Talent Management: How Online Platforms Will Power the Future of Work” as part of Staffing Industry Analyst’s CWS Summit taking place in Dallas, Texas, September 11th-14th. During their session, they’ll share how forward-thinking companies are leveraging online platforms to drive talent innovation. The session will take place on Monday, September 11th from 2:30-3:15 p.m. ET at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Further information about the event can be found here.

GENIUSLINK™ (www.ge-geniuslink.com) is GE’s crowd-powered business experts, integrating global communities, vetted processes and effective management to deliver breakthrough results. GENIUSLINK™ engages millions of brilliant minds to provide customers with new approaches to: accelerate speed, improve quality, access expertise, increase productivity, increase capacity and reduce cost. Fuse (www.fuse.ge.com), launched by GE’s GENIUSLINK™ team in October 2016, is GE’s new manufacturing business model. GENIUSLINK is part of GE’s Global Operations organization.

About Upwork
Upwork is the largest freelancing website. Upwork Enterprise combines technology and services, giving companies a single solution that makes it simple, quick and cost effective to access qualified freelance talent.

Twenty percent of Fortune 500 companies and other notable companies utilize Upwork to find and engage freelancers, including organizations such as Airbnb, Dropbox, Pfizer and Juniper Networks. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices in San Francisco, Chicago and Oslo, Norway. For more information, visit our website at www.upwork.com, join us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Jodie Davis

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