Under Mr. Immelt’s guidance, General Electric has become more than a successful company, and is recognized as an innovative problem-solver. Through transformational research in energy and health care, and by aligning business excellence and societal good, the company is demonstrating a new model for corporate achievement. It is this vision that led President Obama to appoint Mr. Immelt as head of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.While leading the same company that employed his father for 38 years, Mr. Immelt has imparted his belief in limitless opportunity into the General Electric brand. The company culture, marked by an encouragement to dream big, now reflects the lessons he took from his hometown of Finneytown, Ohio. By infusing this positive atmosphere with his competitive spirit, a trait highlighted during his career as a three-sport athlete, he has successfully led one of America’s most respected and effective companies.
The benefit of Mr. Immelt’s leadership extends far beyond GE’s shareholders, employees and customers. The GE Foundation’s annual giving exceeds $100 million, and his involvement in the Robin Hood Foundation gave housing, food and greater academic opportunity to 400,000 New Yorkers in the last year alone. Mr. Immelt’s commitment to education as the cornerstone of opportunity is also reflected in his generosity to his alma mater, Dartmouth University.