Jeffrey R. Immelt
|Chairperson of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness|
February 23, 2011 – January 31, 2013
|Preceded by||Paul Volcker (President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board)|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
February 19, 1956 |
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Alma mater||Dartmouth College
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.
Life and career 
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 an B.A. 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.
His tenure as chairman and CEO started off on a low note - he took over the role on September 7, 2001, just four days before the terrorist attacks on the United States, which killed two employees and cost GE's insurance business $600 million, as well as having a direct effect on the company's Aircraft Engines sector. Immelt has a total five year compensation of $53.82 million, an income which ranked sixth among executives employed by US-based conglomerates.  Immelt was named to Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2009. Since taking over, GE's stock has dropped nearly 60%. General Electric has closed more than 31 plants since 2008 and let go of more than 19,000 employees, but Immelt still took home $15.2 million in 2011. Recently, Immelt has been criticized by Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly for business transactions between GE and Iran, the country which has reportedly been attacking U.S. forces in Iraq. O'Reilly went as far as to say, "If my child were killed in Iraq, I would blame the likes of Jeffrey Immelt". GE's website claims that the company stopped doing business in Iran in 2005 (and finished all contracts by 2008). In a May 2012 column in Forbes magazine, Adam Hartung listed Immelt as the fourth worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company, saying he had "no vision to propel GE’s growth, and should have been gone by 2010," after GE's stock dropped from $60 in 2000 to $19 in 2012 (2/3 from when Immelt took the CEO position).
Obama administration 
In February 2009, Immelt was appointed as a member to the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board to provide the president and his administration with advice and counsel in fixing America's economic downturn. When President Obama chose to put Jeffrey Immelt at the head of the Economic Advisory Board, he felt that Immelt had attributions in knowing what would help the global economy. Obama has reported that Immelt has emerged as one of his top economic advisors in regards to trying to rebuild America's economy.
On January 21, 2011, President Obama announced Immelt's appointment as chairman of his outside panel of economic advisers, succeeding former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. The New York Times reported that Obama's appointment of Immelt was "another strong signal that he intends to make the White House more business-friendly." Immelt will retain his post at GE while becoming "chairman of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, a newly named panel that President Obama is creating by executive order." Despite this, in July 2011 Immelt's General Electric announced that it is in the process of relocating its X-ray division from Wisconsin to China. Immelt had previously referred to China as GE's "second home market".
As CEO of General Electric in 2007, Immelt earned a total compensation of $14,209,267, which included a base salary of $3,300,000, a cash bonus of $5,800,000, stocks granted of $4,713,000, and options granted of $0. In 2008, he earned a total compensation of $5,717,469, which included a base salary of $3,300,000, stocks granted of $2,044,650, and other compensation of $372,819. He waived his bonus in 2008. In 2009, Immelt earned a total compensation of $5,487,155, which included a base salary of $3,300,000, a cash bonus of $0, stocks granted of $1,791,000, and options granted of $0, and other income of $396,155. In 2010, Immelt's compensation nearly doubled to $15.2 million. He did not receive any bonus for almost 2 years, but in February, he received $4 million for his work in 2010.
Commencement addresses 
After becoming chairman of GE, Immelt delivered his first commencement address to the 2001 graduating class of the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, of which he is an alumnus. He gave the college commencement address and received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Dartmouth, in June 2004. In the years that followed, Immelt gave the commencement address at Northeastern University (2006), Pepperdine University on April 29, 2006, the Georgia Institute of Technology on May 5, 2007, the University of Notre Dame on May 20, 2007, Worcester Polytechnic Institute on May 17, 2008, and Michigan State University on December 11, 2010, receiving honorary doctorates from all six as well. He was the commencement speaker on May 23, 2010, at Hamilton College and on May 24, 2010, at Boston College. He addressed the undergraduate class of 2011 of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County on May 23, 2011, and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service  degree despite controversy at the school over GE's corporate tax strategies.In May 2013, he will deliver the commencement address at the University of Connecticut Graduate School. He will receive an honorary doctorate as well. 
Further reading 
- David Magee, 2009, Jeff Immelt and the New GE Way: Innovation, Transformation, and Winning in the 21st Century, McGraw-Hill Professional. ISBN 978-0-07-160587-8
- The Immelt Revolution, businessweek, 2005
- Byrum Keller, Valerie (1974). Immel and Imel families in America: twigs and branches of the Immel family tree. Schlechter's. p. 25.
- "GE's Jeff Immelt: how the US can win (15:00)". Reuters.
- "Board expands with appointment of five new members". The Dartmouth News Releases. Retrieved 2008-09-06.[dead link]
- Business Week
- The Business Council, Official website, Background
- "GE Management". Retrieved September 7, 2012. Text " GE Executives - Leadership" ignored (help)
- Forbes. "#145 Jeffrey R. Immelt". Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "The 2010 Time 100". Time. Retrieved May 6, 2010.
- Chatterjee, Pratap. "CEOs rewarded most for raising unemployment". The Guardian. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "How Iran Is Killing U.S. Troops in Iraq". Pajamas Media. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
- Kurtz, Howard (May 19, 2008). "Feud Fuels Bill O'Reilly's Blasts at GE". The Washington Post.
- "GE's Iran Policy". ge.com. Retrieved 2009-04-27.
- Hartung, Adam. "Oops! Five CEOs Who Should Have Already Been Fired (Cisco, GE, WalMart, Sears, Microsoft)". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 28 June 2012.
- "Los Angeles Times article Who's Who on new economic advisory board". latimes.com. February 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-05.
- Goldman, Juliana and Rachel Layne. "Obama Asks GE's Immelt to Head Economic Advisory Panel, Replacing Volcker". Retrieved February 25, 2012.
- Stolberg, Cheryl and O'Connor, Anahad (2011-01-21) Obama Sends Pro-Business Signal With Adviser Choice, New York Times
- Burkitt, Laurie (July 26, 2011). "GE Bases X-Ray Unit in China". The Wall Street Journal.
- 2007 CEO Compensation for Jeffrey R. Immelt , Equilar
- 2008 Bonus, incentive waiver by GE , TopNews US
- 2009 CEO Compensation for Jeffrey R. Immelt , Equilar
- Press, Associated. "GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt saw compensation jump to $15.2 million". Retrieved February 29, 2012.
- "Dartmouth Commencement 2004". Dartmouth News Releases. Retrieved 2007-08-16.
- "UMBC Spring 2011 Commencement Ceremonies". Retrieved 2011-05-18.
- Ignacio & Paul (3 May 2011). "Students outraged over choice of commencement speakers". The Retriever Weekly. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- Kocieniewski, David (24 March 2011). "G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2011.
- "UConn to Hold Multiple Graduation Ceremonies in May".
- General Electric, Executive Bio and Photo
- September 2009 speech by Immelt regarding GE Healthcare
- Leading Questions: GE's Jeff Immelt, Interview with BBC Business
|Chairman and CEO of General Electric
as Chairperson of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board
|Chairperson of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness