Jeffrey R. Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, General Electric

Jeff Immelt
Jeffrey Immelt

Jeffrey R. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since September 7, 2001. Mr. Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in GE's Plastics, Appliance and Medical businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. A couple years later, in 2000, Mr. Immelt was appointed president and chief executive officer.

Barron's has named Mr. Immelt one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times and since he began serving as chief executive officer, GE was 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. Mr. Immelt is also a member of The Business Council and he is on the board the New York Federal Reserve Bank. Mr. Immelt earned a BA degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1982. He and his wife Andrea have one daughter.