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Wayne M. Hewett

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Egypt, Malaysia
Favorite Quote:
Tough But Fair.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1964
Birth Location:
Kingston,

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Corporate Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple
Favorite Food:
Thai Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Egypt, Malaysia
Favorite Quote:
Tough But Fair.

Birthplace

Born:
10/28/1964
Birth Location:
Kingston
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Biography

Corporate executive Wayne Hewett was born on October 28, 1964 in Kingston, Jamaica. Hewett grew up in a house of educated professionals; his father, Audley Maylor Hewett, was a chief executive officer, and his mother, Lorna Shelly Hewett, was a registered nurse and business owner. In the 1970s, the family moved to Miami, Florida where in 1981, Hewett received his diploma from Palmetto High School. He entered Stanford University that same year where he received his B.S. degree in industrial engineering in 1985 and continued his studies to earn his M.S. degree in industrial engineering in 1986.

Hewett began his career working as a member of the Manufacturing Management Program with assignments at GE Simulation & Control Systems and GE Aircraft Engines. In 1988, he graduated from the program and joined GE Corporate Audit Staff as a staff auditor. During the 1990s, he was promoted to Executive Audit Manager of GE Corporate in 1992, and then joined GE Power Generation as manager of Engineering Design Systems in 1993. In 1994, he moved to GE Silicones as Manager of Materials and Logistics, and in 1995, he moved again to GE Plastics as General Manager of Petrochemicals and Global Sourcing.

In 2001, Hewett was named Vice President of General Electric Company and served as president of GE Plastics Pacific, located in Shanghai, China, and President and CEO of GE Toshiba Silicones, located in Tokyo, Japan. Here, he led his teams and divisions to double-digit growth. In 2006, Hewett became the president and chief executive officer of Apollo Management, a private investment firm. He is a member of several organizations including the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies and the Special Olympics of New York.

Hewett resides in Connecticut with his wife and family.

Hewett was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 3, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Wayne M. Hewett lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his maternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his father's decision to move to the United States
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Wayne M. Hewett describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Wayne M. Hewett describes the emphasis on athletics in Jamaica
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Wayne M. Hewett talks about the public education in Jamaica
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his father's reputation in Jamaica
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers the impact of his father's reputation
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Wayne M. Hewett describes the class system in Jamaica
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his parents' views on religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers moving with his family to Miami, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Wayne M. Hewett describes the changes in his racial and national identity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his motivations for attending college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls his interest in engineering
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers searching for a Jamaican community in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Wayne M. Hewett describes the differences in Jamaican and American culture
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his social life at Stanford University in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his parents' occupations in the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Wayne M. Hewett talks about his siblings' careers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls his activities at Stanford University in Stanford, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Wayne M. Hewett talks about losing his Jamaican accent
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls his mentors at Stanford University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls joining the staff of General Electric
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers meeting his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls his membership in engineering organizations at Stanford University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls his influential teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers learning about interview techniques
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Wayne M. Hewett shares his philosophy of self-improvement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Wayne M. Hewett talks about his perspective on race
  • Tape: 3 Story: 13 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers his interview with General Electric
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls working for Schlumberger
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls the manufacturing management program at General Electric
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Wayne M. Hewett describes the increase in diversity at General Electric
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers Jack Welch
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls becoming GE's first black executive audit manager
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls being promoted by Dave Calhoun
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls working at General Electric Industrial Systems
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls working for General Electric Silicones
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers Jack Welch's advice
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers living in Tokyo, Japan
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers working for General Electric in Asia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Wayne M. Hewett talks about the African population in China
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Wayne M. Hewett talks about the driving culture in China
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers moving General Electric Plastics to China
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Wayne M. Hewett recalls adjusting to life in China
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Wayne M. Hewett talks about the African American leaders of multinational corporations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his success in the Asian market
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his organizational involvement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers Lloyd G. Trotter's mentorship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Wayne M. Hewett describes Arthur H. Harper's mentorship
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Wayne M. Hewett talks about the African American executives of General Electric
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his role as CEO of Momentive Performance Materials, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Wayne M. Hewett talks about the mentorship of Robert Wood
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his hopes for the African American business community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Wayne M. Hewett remembers conversations with his children about race
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Wayne M. Hewett reflects upon his racial identity
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Wayne M. Hewett describes his plans for the future