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Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer,
Biographical Background: Jeffrey R. Immelt, the ninth Chairman in GE's 126-year history, was appointed to this post on September 7, 2001. Previously, he served as President and Chairman-elect of GE from November 2000, when GE's Board of Directors selected him to succeed John F. Welch. From 1997 to 2000, he had been President and CEO of GE Medical Systems, which is today a $12 billion leader in the healthcare industry.
Immelt began his GE career in 1982. Over the last 22 years, he has held a series of global leadership roles in GE's Plastics, Appliance, and Medical businesses. He became an Officer of GE in 1989, and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997.
He serves on the board of two non-profit organizations: Catalyst, devoted to advancing women in business; and Robin Hood, focused on addressing poverty in New York City. He was named the Financial Times "Man of the Year" for 2003.
Immelt holds a B.A. degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College (1978) and an M.B.A. from Harvard University (1982). He and his wife, Andrea, have one daughter.
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