Jeffrey R. Immelt, H'10
Chairman and CEO of GE
Jeffrey R. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since September 7, 2001.
Immelt has held several global leadership positions since joining GE in 1982, including roles in GE's plastics, appliances, and healthcare businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE; he joined the GE Capital Board in 1997 and was appointed president and chief executive officer in 2000.
Immelt has been named one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times by Barron's, and since he began serving as chief executive officer, 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 was the chair of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Immelt earned a BA in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1982. He received an honorary degree from Boston College in 2010. He and his wife have one daughter.