"I'm a journalist by training," he told PRWeek. "I started my career in small town newspapers in New York State for about 10 years. I was a journalist and then I went to work for government in communications. Before I came to GE, I worked for George Pataki doing press, mainly focused on environmental issues for the governor, but doing some campaign work as well."
"He was working for the administration of George Pataki in the state of New York, focused on the environment and, at the time, we had some issues around the Hudson River and a couple environmental issues in GE, so we needed someone with Gary's expertise," said Beth Comstock, GE's CMO, explaining why she hired Gary 10 years ago. "I think, if you just fast forward to where we are with something like Ecomagination, it shows you how the company has grown, has evolved in terms of communication. It's opened us up, we're dealing with NGOs, part of policy discussions, in a way that I don't think any of us ever would have imagined 10 years ago."