Dee Mellor: Vice president of GE Medical Systems

Whether it's a jet engine or a digital X-ray machine, she knows how to get it built--on time, on spec, on budget

It was one of the toughest moments of her career, and Dee Mellor was about to relive it one recent afternoon, this time in front of an audience--a group of rising stars at General Electric. Mellor, 45, runs the global supply-chain operations for GE's huge Medical Systems unit, and last year she had to decide where to move the manufacturing of a crucial component for the C.T. scanners used in hospitals. In India, she explained, GE had a proven team and facility and could reap an immediate return. China would require more investment, but it offered access to a pool of...

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