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Jeffrey R. Immelt
Jeffrey R. Immelt was appointed chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the General Electric Company in 2001. Previously, Mr. Immelt served as president and chairman-elect of General Electric from November 2000, when the company’s board of directors selected him to succeed John F. Welch. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Immelt had been president and CEO of GE Medical Systems.
He began his GE career in 1982 and 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 boards of two nonprofit organizations: Catalyst, devoted to advancing women in business; and Robin Hood, focused on addressing poverty in New York City. Mr. Immelt was named the Financial Times ''Man of the Year'' for 2003.
Mr. Immelt holds a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Harvard University.