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Gene Lowe '90

Gene Lowe

President and Chief Executive Officer, SPX Corporation (NYSE:SPXC)

Class of '90

I am technology guy at heart, living in Charlotte, married with two teenage kids. I started in software consulting, with strategy consulting and venture capital experience before moving to operating businesses. The project I am most excited about is with the spinout of our company - we have been able to start a $1.5 billion dollar business from scratch. This included building the team, the strategy, as well as many other areas including our global brand.

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How Virginia Tech equipped me for the "real world"...

great environment to learn and really enjoyed my major (management science) which launched my career.

 

I stay connected with fellow Hokies by...

regular get-togethers at our lake house.

 

Something I would tell my younger self at the beginning of my career...

don't always follow the herd, think about what you love and how to get there.

 

A cause I'm most passionate about...

equal access to opportunity for all people.

 

Childhood ambition...

[to be a] professional soccer player.

 

Ringing the closing bell at the NYSE...

is something I did in September 2019.

 

Living through 2020 has taught me...

how important face to face meetings are and how much I love and miss travel.

 

The most formative experience I've had...

living in Prague for a year and a half while the country split into two parts.

 

Favorite Virginia Tech tradition...

tailgates before football games.