Jeffrey R. Immelt

Jeffrey Robert "Jeff" Immelt (born February 19, 1956) is an American business executive. He is currently the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the U.S.-based conglomerate General Electric. He was selected by GE's Board of Directors in 2000 to replace Jack Welch following his retirement. Previously, Immelt had headed up GE's Medical Systems division (now known as GE Healthcare) as its President and CEO.

Immelt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Donna Rosemary (née Wallace), a school teacher, and Joseph Francis Immelt, who managed the General Electric Aircraft Engines Division. Immelt attended Finneytown High School; he played football in college and was an offensive tackle. He holds a A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Dartmouth College where he currently serves on the board of trustees and was president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Alpha. Immelt also received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has been with GE since 1982 and is on the board of two non-profit organizations, one of which is the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization which attempts to alleviate problems caused by poverty in New York City. He served as Chairman of The Business Council in 2005 and 2006.

Chairperson of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

President
Barack Obama
 
Preceded by
Paul Volcker (President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board)
 
Succeeded by
Position abolished
 

Personal details

Born
1956-02-19) February 19, 1956 (age 58), Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
 
Political party
Republican
 
Spouse(s)
Andrea Immelt
 
Children
Sarah
 
Alma mater
Dartmouth College (A.B.), Harvard Business School (M.B.A.)