Tanya Fratto was born in Ft. Benning, Georgia. She grew up in Alabama and attended the University of South Alabama. After graduating with an Electrical Engineering degree, she joined GE’s Manufacturing Management Program. Over the next 30+ years, Tanya’s work assignments would take her across the globe and would lead to an officer position in GE, ownership of a company in private equity and a leadership role in a premier Swedish company. Her extensive experience in running companies, strategic planning, general management, sales, marketing and operations allow her to now contribute to the successful oversight and governance of global organizations.
During her college days at University of South Alabama, Tanya interned with International Paper Company in Alabama and was active in the Chi Omega Sorority. After graduating in 1983 with an Electrical Engineering Degree, she joined General Electric’s Manufacturing Management Program. The two year program allowed Tanya to explore various assignments in operations at GE’s Simulations Control business and GE’s Ordnance business. Tanya remained with GE after completing the program.
Tanya’s 25+ years with GE included roles in GE Aerospace, GE Plastics, Corporate Sourcing, GE Appliances, GE Consumer Service, and the GE Superabrasives businesses. Her leadership roles in the businesses allowed her to build a skill set in operations, supply chain management, marketing, product management, Six Sigma, profit and loss, and portfolio management.
Her journey into private equity and a Swedish company began after Tanya was named an officer in GE and became president and CEO in 2000 for GE’s Superabrasives’ business, a global industrial diamond business with operations in over 15 countries. GE’s decision to divest of the business in 2004 created the opportunity for Tanya to partner with a private equity company to buy the business. During the private equity ownership, Tanya built a technology organization from scratch, renamed the company Diamond Innovations, Inc. and invested in products that allowed for growth in mining, oil and gas, automotive, and aerospace industries. In 2007, Sandvik AB, a Swedish company, acquired Diamond Innovations and after a successful integration, Tanya left in 2011.
Today, Tanya sits on the boards of Smiths Global Plc, Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), Mondi Group Plc, and Ashtead Group. She is active on the audit committee for Smiths, ADS, and Mondi. In addition, she sits on the compensation committee for Smiths Global and Ashtead Group and Chairs the compensation committee for Mondi. Her previous board experiences included Boart Longyear, PreCorp, and Bellataire.
Her professional service includes membership in The Committee of 200 in Chicago, an invitation-only organization of the world’s most successful women entrepreneurs and corporate leaders that strives to advance the careers of women, Impact 100, and Alabama’s Junior Miss. She also serves on the USA Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board and the USA College of Engineering Industrial Advisory Board.
During her spare time Tanya enjoys golf, tennis, road biking, hiking, and travel.