Jack Welch – “Neutron Jack”

CEO General Electric 1981-2001


I. Personal Life and Career History
A. Background
1. Born in Peabody, MA – November 19, 1935
2. Education
a. Salem High School
b. University of Massachusetts (Amherst) – B.S. Chemical Engineering – 1957
c. Univ. of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) - M.S. & Ph.D Chemical Eng, - 1960
B. Career
1. GE – Junior Engineer – 1960-
2. GE - Vice President – 1972-
3. GE – Senior V.P. – 1977-1979
4. GE – Vice Chairman – 1979-1981
5. GE – CEO – 1981-2001
6. MIT – Sloan School of Management – Graduate Professor




II. Tenure at GE

III. Management Style

IV. Accomplishments
A. Youngest CEO ever at GE
B. Eliminated Bureaucratic Layers at GE
C. Shed All unprofitable business units at GE
D. Increased GE from $12 Billion in 1981 to $280 Billion in 1998 (2001????)

V. Criticism

VI. Summary