Mabee Center E-Museum

Jack Welch

2011

Biography

Jack Welch is one of the world’s most respected and celebrated CEOs, known for his unmatched track record of success, enormous love of people, fierce passion for winning, and unbridled desire to change the world for the better using his unique management practices, which are collectively called The Welch Way.

Born to a working class family in Salem, Massachusetts, Jack attended the University of Massachusetts, and received his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He joined GE at age 24, worked his way up through many divisions, and was named its CEO in 1981 at the age of 45. In his 21 years as CEO, Jack transformed GE into the world’s most admired and successful company with his innovative management techniques. Revenues grew five-fold from $25 billion to $130 billion, income grew ten-fold, from $1.5 billion to $15 billion, and the company’s market capitalization had a 30-fold increase of more than $400 billion. His achievements are considered epic, and as a result, thousands of companies around the world have adopted the Welch Way.

After retiring from GE in 2001, Jack Welch has only become more active in business. He has written two best-selling business books, Jack: Straight from the Gut and Winning. He actively participates in managing numerous companies as part of a private equity group, and for four years wrote an immensely popular weekly column for BusinessWeek magazine. He is a fixture on TV as a popular business commentator.

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