Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE

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. A couple years later, in 2000, Mr. Immelt was appointed president and chief executive officer.

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.

The GE Foundation, GE’s philanthropic organization, works to solve some of the world's most difficult problems, focusing its efforts in the areas of health, education, the environment and disaster relief. In 2008, Teachers College received a $5 million grant from the GE Foundation to create an intensive new partnership with a group of 10 public schools in Harlem. The College has used the grant to build the partner schools’ capacity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics instruction.