Chairman & CEO, General Electric
Jeffery Immelt is President and Chief Executive Officer of GE, the world’s largest industrial company. He has been named one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times by Barron's and the company has been called one of America's Most Admired and Respected Companies by Fortune magazine Barron's and the Financial Times.
Since taking the helm of GE four days before 9/11, Immelt has successfully refocused GE around its industrial heritage, divesting businesses that are commoditized (plastics), risky (insurance) or non-strategic (televisionImmelt has successfully collaborated with the company’s unions,making GE’s operations more efficient. These efforts have paid off – since the depths of the stock market crash in 2009, GE’s stock has more than tripled.
Prior to being named CEO, Mr. Immelt held several global leadership positions with GE including roles in the Plastics, Appliances, and Healthcare businesses. Mr. Immelt has also served as the chair of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Mr. Immelt earned a B.A. degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1982.