Jeffrey Immelt is a businessman best known as the chairman of the board and CEO of General Electric, a conglomerate corporation incorporated in New York and headquartered in Schenectady. Jeff was selected to become the CEO in 2000 by the board of directors replacing the retired Jack Welch.
Immelt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Donna and Joseph, who managed the General Electric Aircraft Engines Division. Jeff played football at Dartmouth College where he graduated cum laude earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Mathematics and Economics. After spending some time working for Ford and Proctor and Gamble, Immelt earned his MBA from Harvard Business School. Following business school, Immelt joined GE in 1982 holding various senior level positions. Jeff became a GE officer in 1989, joined the GE Capital board in 1997 and took on the leadership of GE Healthcare before being named CEO.
Immelt serves on the board of two non-profit organizations, Robin Hood Foundation and Catalyst. Having been a football player at Dartmouth, Jeff and GE are passionate about finding a solution to head trauma injuries in the NFL. GE has pledged $40 million to help create equipment that better protects players.