Global Conference 2011
Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Jeffrey Immelt is chairman and CEO of General Electric, a post he has held since 2001. He has held several global leadership positions since joining GE in 1982, including roles in GE's plastics, appliance and medical businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE; he later joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. In January 2010, President Obama appointed Immelt chairman of the President′s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (the council was previously known as the Economic Recovery Advisory Board; Immelt has been a member since 2009). Immelt has been named one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times by Barron's, and since he began serving as CEO, GE has been named "America's Most Admired Company" in a poll conducted by Fortune magazine and one of "The World's Most Respected Companies" in polls by Barron's and the Financial Times. Immelt is also a member of The Business Council and on the board of the New York Federal Reserve Bank. He holds a B.A. degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.