GTF Advisory Board Member
Diane Erdei is VP Controlling and Sourcing Finance Transformation for Bertelsmann. She is currently based in Gütersloh, Germany. With more than 10 years of deep professional experience in commercial and finance areas, Diane is currently engaged in driving Operational Excellence in Controlling and Sourcing Finance by actively shaping the global Controlling 2.0 vision and transforming processes across the Bertelsmann company. Prior to joining Bertelsmann, Diane held a variety of roles during her 8 years with General Electric (GE) and 3 years with the Raiffeisen Group developing broad expertise both on the Capital as well as on the Industrial side. In her latest role as Head of Financial Planning and Analysis for GE Energy Germany, GE Austria and Switzerland, she supported the design of the company’s regional growth strategy from a financial perspective and in parallel led strategic cross-functional projects. Through her work, she covered, worked and travelled to Europe, North and Latin America, and Asia. Diane is an alumna of the General Electric Corporate Audit Staff (CAS), one of the best global leadership programs for experienced finance professionals. An energizing leader, Diane is a passionate promoter and advocate of diversity, as well as a strong people developer. She was recently actively engaged in GE’s Women’s Network as a regional leader for Germany, Austria and Switzerland where she addressed challenges faced by parents in balancing careers and family by actively leading a Parental Leave initiative in her region. Through this initiative she aimed to drive employee engagement in GE. Diane studied at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna and University Paris 1 Sorbonne and holds a double master degree in International Relations and European Law.