Mr. Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in GE's Plastics, Appliances, and Healthcare businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997.
Mr. 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.
Mr. Immelt was the chair of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He is a member of The American Academy of Arts & Sciences.
Mr. Immelt earned a B.A. degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1982. He and his wife have one daughter.
Jeff Immelt in the News
Immelt on Globalization and GE's Future
Bloomberg | 3 February 2017
Jeff Immelt sits down with Bloomberg Editor-in-Chief John Micklethwait to discuss globalization and the future of GE.
Jeff Immelt: Localization Can Help America Win Globally
TIME Magazine | 19 December 2016
In an essay in TIME Magazine, Jeff Immelt discusses globalization and how the ability for American companies to compete internationally supports economic and job growth in the United States..
G.E., the 124-Year-Old Software Start-Up
New York Times | 27 August 2016
"It may not qualify as a lightning-bolt eureka moment, but Jeffrey R. Immelt, chief executive of General Electric, recalls the June day in 2009 that got him thinking."
The Competitor Amazon Never Saw Coming
Vanity Fair's The Hive | 3 August 2016
"G.E. is largely done with the media and finance businesses. Now, the 124-year-old company is looking to beat Silicon Valley at its own game. In conversation, C.E.O. Jeff Immelt discloses the sweet sauce."
How GE Exorcised the Ghost of Jack Welch to Become a 124-Year-Old Startup
Bloomberg Businessweek | 17 March 2016
"A decade after taking over, Jeff Immelt’s long bet on the Internet of Really Big Things seems to be paying off."
Behind GE's Vision for the Industrial Internet of Things
Fast Company | 18 June 2014
"In the time since the Industrial Internet's unveiling, GE has labored to transform its vision into reality."