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RITE – Leading the Workforce Connect IT Sector Partnership

As the IT sector intermediary for Workforce Connect, RITE will address two pressing economic issues – a significant shortage of IT talent for employers and clear and actionable career pathways with family-sustaining wages for job seekers. Led by employers, the IT sector partnership will focus on improving economic opportunity for residents of Cuyahoga County, including an emphasis on reducing racial disparities in economic outcomes.

Leveraging our established industry leadership, partnerships and networks, we will expand relationships, engage more employers, and optimize efforts to improve the workforce in Cuyahoga County – and ultimately deliver on a tech talent system that serves job seekers and employers alike.

We are looking for industry leaders to participate in this very important work. If you are interested in becoming involved, contact Craig Platt, Managing Director, IT Sector Partnership, at

GCP RITE Welcomes Craig Platt!

In October 2020, Craig joined the GCP RITE team. Craig brings an outstanding supply chain background to the work as well as broad, strategic, and operational expertise in product management, engineering, sourcing, business intelligence, finance, and customer relationship management.  With extensive management and leadership experience in both the industrial and consumer manufacturing market segments, Platt’s GE career spanned 35 years across multiple businesses. He served in various roles including Chief Information Officer of GE Lighting & Industrial, IT Director Global Supply Chain of GE Lighting & Current powered by GE and most recently, Vice President Technical Product Management for GE Current, a Daintree Company. He was a Diversity Champion at GE Lighting and received two GE Information Technology icon awards.

“Craig is an accountable, transformational leader with a proven track record of delivering business results and significant customer outcomes by leaning business processes and implementing innovative digital technologies.  We look forward to leveraging this experience to accelerate our work and double down on the objectives of the IT Sector Partnership made ever more urgent as a result of the pandemic.”

– Courtney DeOreo, Executive Director, RITE / Senior Director-Tech Talent, GCP

“Craig’s career is characterized by hard work, leadership, a passion for excellence, simplification, and building strong, motivated teams that deliver results,” said. “He’s a thought leader with a guiding vision for the sector partnership as we work together with our employers to address our region’s tech workforce needs and create more opportunities for Northeast Ohio residents.”

– Shana Marbury, SVP of GCP’s Talent Division

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