Jeffrey R. Immelt

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Jeffrey R. Immelt
Chairperson of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
In office
February 23, 2011 – January 31, 2013
President Barack Obama
Preceded by Paul Volcker (President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board)
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born Jeffrey Robert Immelt
(1956-02-19) February 19, 1956 (age 59)
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.)
Immelt at U.S. Climate Action Partnership event in 2007
Immelt (left) in the Polish Senate in 2009

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[edit]

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.[1][2] Immelt attended Finneytown High School; he played football in college and was an offensive tackle.[3] He holds a A.B. in Applied Mathematics from Dartmouth College where he currently serves on the board of trustees[4] 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.[5] He served as Chairman of The Business Council in 2005 and 2006.[6]

His tenure as chairman and CEO started off on a low note – he took over the role on September 7, 2001,[7] 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. [8] Immelt was named to Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2009.[9] Since taking over, GE's stock price has dropped 3% while income has risen from $15.1 billion in 2002 to $16.9 billion in 2013.[10][11][12] Overall General Electric year end employment has dropped from 315,000 in 2002 to 307,000 in 2013.[13] According to documents filed with the Federal Elections Commission, Immelt lives with his wife Andrea in New Canaan, Connecticut.

Obama administration[edit]

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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[16] 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."[16] 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."[16] 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.[17][18] Immelt had previously referred to China as GE's "second home market".[17]


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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22]

Commencement addresses[edit]

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.[23] 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 [24] degree despite controversy at the school[25] over GE's corporate tax strategies.[26] In May 2013, he delivered the commencement address at the University of Connecticut Graduate School, receiving an honorary doctorate as well.[27]


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  2. ^ Byrum Keller, Valerie (1974). Immel and Imel families in America: twigs and branches of the Immel family tree. Schlechter's. p. 25. 
  3. ^ "GE's Jeff Immelt: how the US can win (15:00)". Reuters. 
  4. ^ "Board expands with appointment of five new members". The Dartmouth News Releases. Retrieved 2008-09-06. [dead link]
  5. ^ Business Week
  6. ^ The Business Council, Official website, Background
  7. ^ "GE Management – GE Executives – Leadership". Retrieved September 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ Forbes (April 13, 2011). "#145 Jeffrey R. Immelt". Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The 2010 Time 100". Time. Retrieved May 6, 2010. 
  10. ^ "GE Historical Prices". Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ McGrath, Maggie. "GE Profit Rises 20%, Boosted By Oil And Gas". Forbes. Retrieved 2014-04-11. 
  12. ^ "GE 2002 Annual Report" (PDF). 
  13. ^ "General Electric Co. Form 10-K" (PDF). 
  14. ^ "Los Angeles Times article Who's Who on new economic advisory board". February 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-05. 
  15. ^ Goldman, Juliana and Rachel Layne. "Obama Asks GE's Immelt to Head Economic Advisory Panel, Replacing Volcker". Bloomberg. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  16. ^ a b c Stolberg, Cheryl and O'Connor, Anahad (2011-01-21) Obama Sends Pro-Business Signal With Adviser Choice, New York Times
  17. ^ a b Burkitt, Laurie (July 26, 2011). "GE Bases X-Ray Unit in China". The Wall Street Journal. 
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  19. ^ 2007 CEO Compensation for Jeffrey R. Immelt , Equilar
  20. ^ 2008 Bonus, incentive waiver by GE , TopNews US
  21. ^ 2009 CEO Compensation for Jeffrey R. Immelt , Equilar
  22. ^ Press, Associated. "GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt saw compensation jump to $15.2 million". Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  23. ^ "Dartmouth Commencement 2004". Dartmouth News Releases. Retrieved 2007-08-16. 
  24. ^ "UMBC Spring 2011 Commencement Ceremonies". Retrieved 2011-05-18. 
  25. ^ Ignacio & Paul (3 May 2011). "Students outraged over choice of commencement speakers". The Retriever Weekly. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  26. ^ Kocieniewski, David (24 March 2011). "G.E.’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  27. ^ "UConn to Hold Multiple Graduation Ceremonies in May". 

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Business positions
Preceded by
Jack Welch
Chairman and CEO of General Electric
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Volcker
as Chairperson of the President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board
Chairperson of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
Position abolished