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General Electric

COMPANY

Founded 1878 by Thomas Edison, becoming General Electric with the 1892 merger of the Edison General Electric Company with the Thomson-Houston Company.

Official Website:
http://www.ge.com/

Industry:
Diversified

Ticker:
NYSE:GE

Corporate headquarters:
Fairfield, CT

Sales:
$173B (2007)

Employees:
325,000

EXECUTIVES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Peter J. Barris
Business
c. 1952   New Enterprise Associates
Stephen M. Bennett
Business
c. 1954   CEO of Intuit, 2000-07
Stephen Berger
Business
c. 1937   Chairman of Odyssey Investment Partners
Ann C. Berzin
Business
c. 1952   CEO of FGIC, 1992-2001
James R. Birle
Business
25-Jan-1936   Former Partner, Blackstone Group
Frank Blake
Business
c. 1950   CEO of Home Depot
Norman P. Blake, Jr.
Business
c. 1942   CEO of USF&G Corporation, 1990-97
Theodore R. Boehm
Judge
12-Sep-1938   Justice, Indiana Supreme Court
Larry Bossidy
Business
5-Mar-1935   CEO of Honeywell
Fred A. Breidenbach
Business
c. 1946   President of Gulfstream Aerospace, 1993-97
Jenne K. Britell
Business
c. 1942   Structured Ventures, Inc.
Charles F. Brush
Inventor
17-Mar-1849 15-Jun-1929 Street lights
Robert H. Brust
Business
c. 1944   CFO of Kodak, 2000-06
David L. Calhoun
Business
c. 1957   CEO of The Nielsen Company
William Castell
Business
10-Apr-1947   CEO of GE Healthcare
William D. Coolidge
Physicist
23-Oct-1873 4-Feb-1975 Tungsten filaments and Coolidge tubes
Thomas A. Corcoran
Business
c. 1945   Senior Advisor, Carlyle Group
David M. Cote
Business
1952   CEO of Honeywell
Dennis D. Dammerman
Business
1945   CFO of GE, 1998-2005
Patrice M. Daniels
Business
c. 1961   Blue Sky Advisors
Chris A. Davis
Business
c. 1950   Partner at Forstman Little & Co.
Thomas Edison
Inventor
11-Feb-1847 18-Oct-1931 Invented the light bulb
Matthew J. Espe
Business
14-Sep-1958   CEO of Ikon Office Solutions
Michael D. Fraizer
Business
c. 1958   CEO of Genworth Financial
Stephen L. Green
Business
c. 1954   Canaan Capital Partners
Kirk S. Hachigian
Business
c. 1959   CEO of Cooper Industries
Joseph E. Harlan
Business
5-May-1959   Divisional EVP at 3M
Arthur H. Harper
Business
3-Dec-1955   CEO, GE Equipment Services 2002-05
Joyce Hergenhan
Business
c. 1941   Former VP at General Electric
Glen H. Hiner
Business
c. 1935   CEO of Owens Corning, 1992-2002
Edwin J. Houston
Inventor
9-Jul-1847 1-Mar-1914 Thomson-Houston Electric Company
Jeffrey R. Immelt
Business
19-Feb-1956   CEO of General Electric
Lawrence R. Johnston
Business
1949   CEO of Albertson's, 2001-06
William J. Vareschi Jr.
Business
c. 1942   Retired GE executive
Jeffrey B. Kindler
Business
13-May-1955   CEO of Pfizer, 2006-10
Ellen J. Kullman
Business
1956   CEO of DuPont
William J. Lansing
Business
c. 1958   CEO of Value Vision Media, 2004-07
Lauralee E. Martin
Business
c. 1951   COO of Jones Lang LaSalle
Kevin M. McMullen
Business
c. 1960   CEO of OMNOVA Solutions
James McNerney
Business
22-Aug-1949   CEO of Boeing
David E. Momot
Business
c. 1938   Former GE executive
Patricia B. Morrison
Business
c. 1959   CIO of Motorola
Daniel H. Mudd
Business
c. 1959   CEO of Fannie Mae, 2005-08
Eugene F. Murphy
Business
24-Feb-1934   Vice Chairman of GE, 1997-99
Robert L. Nardelli
Business
17-May-1948   CEO of Chrysler
Lorrie Norrington
Business
c. 1960   President of eBay Marketplaces, 2008-10
James R. Olin
Politician
28-Feb-1920 29-Jul-2006 Congressman from Virginia, 1983-93
John D. Opie
Business
c. 1939   Vice Chairman of GE, 1995-2000
James A. Parke
Business
c. 1946   Former GE Capital Services executive
Vivek Paul
Business
1958   Vice Chairman of Wipro, 1999-2005
W. Allen Reed
Business
1947   CEO of GM Asset Management, 1994-2005
Gary L. Rogers
Business
c. 1944   Vice Chairman of GE, 2001-03
Hellene S. Runtagh
Business
c. 1948   Former EVP at Universal Studios
Roger W. Schipke
Business
c. 1937   CEO of Sunbeam, 1993-96
Richard G. Sim
Business
c. 1944   APW Ltd.
Richard F. Smith
Business
c. 1960   CEO of Equifax
Stephen G. Snyder
Business
c. 1949   CEO of TransAlta
David P. Spalding
Business
c. 1954   Vice Chairman, The Cypress Group
Harry Stonecipher
Business
16-May-1936   CEO of Boeing, 2003-05
Gregory L. Summe
Business
c. 1956   CEO of PerkinElmer
Thomas J. Szkutak
Business
c. 1961   CFO of Amazon
Francis X. Taylor
Government
?   Counterterrorism envoy, 2001-02
Elihu Thomson
Inventor
29-Mar-1853 13-Mar-1937 Electric welding and A/C motors
John M. Trani
Business
c. 1945   CEO of Stanley Works, 1996-2003
Lloyd G. Trotter
Business
c. 1945   Vice Chairman at GE, 2006-08
David C. Wang
Business
c. 1945   President of Boeing China
Jack Welch
Business
19-Nov-1935   CEO of GE, 1981-2001
Dennis K. Williams
Business
c. 1946   CEO of IDEX Corporation, 2000-05
Keith E. Williams
Business
c. 1953   CEO of Underwriters Laboratories
Robert C. Wright
Business
1943   CEO of NBC Universal
Mike S. Zafirovski
Business
c. 1954   CEO of Nortel

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
W. Geoffrey Beattie
Business
c. 1960   President and CEO of Woodbridge Company
James I. Cash, Jr.
Educator
c. 1948   Harvard Business School, 1976-2003
William Castell
Business
10-Apr-1947   CEO of GE Healthcare
Ann M. Fudge
Business
23-Apr-1951   CEO of Young & Rubicam, 2003-07
Susan Hockfield
Educator
24-Mar-1951   President of MIT
Jeffrey R. Immelt
Business
19-Feb-1956   CEO of General Electric
Andrea Jung
Business
1959   CEO of Avon
Alan G. Lafley
Business
13-Jun-1947   CEO of Procter & Gamble, 2000-09
Robert W. Lane
Business
14-Nov-1949   CEO of Deere, 2000-09
Ralph S. Larsen
Business
c. 1939   CEO of Johnson & Johnson, 1989-2002
Rochelle B. Lazarus
Business
1947   CEO of Ogilvy & Mather, 1996-2009
James J. Mulva
Business
19-Jun-1946   CEO of Conoco-Phillips
Sam Nunn
Politician
8-Sep-1938   US Senator from Georgia, 1972-97
Roger Penske
Business
20-Feb-1937   CEO of Penske Corporation
Robert J. Swieringa
Educator
c. 1942   Dean of Johnson School at Cornell
James S. Tisch
Business
2-Jan-1953   CEO of Loews
Douglas A. Warner III
Business
9-Jun-1946   CEO of JP Morgan, 1995-2000

PAST BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
John Bardeen
Physicist
23-May-1908 30-Jan-1991 Co-Inventor of the transistor
Michael R. Bonsignore
Business
c. 1941   CEO of Honeywell, 1999-2001
Larry Bossidy
Business
5-Mar-1935   CEO of Honeywell
William Castell
Business
10-Apr-1947   CEO of GE Healthcare
Dennis D. Dammerman
Business
1945   CFO of GE, 1998-2005
Frederick B. Dent
Government
17-Aug-1922   US Commerce Secretary, 1973-75
Claudio X. Gonzalez
Business
c. 1939   CEO of Kimberly-Clark de Mexico
Kenneth Langone
Business
c. 1935   Co-Founder of Home Depot
Scott McNealy
Business
13-Nov-1954   Co-Founder of Sun Microsystems
Henry S. Morgan
Business
24-Oct-1900 8-Feb-1982 Co-Founder of Morgan Stanley
Eugene F. Murphy
Business
24-Feb-1934   Vice Chairman of GE, 1997-99
John D. Opie
Business
c. 1939   Vice Chairman of GE, 1995-2000
Gary L. Rogers
Business
c. 1944   Vice Chairman of GE, 2001-03
Raymond Seitz
Diplomat
8-Dec-1940   US Ambassador to the UK, 1991-94
Jack Welch
Business
19-Nov-1935   CEO of GE, 1981-2001
Robert W. Woodruff
Business
6-Dec-1889 7-Mar-1985 President of Coca-Cola, 1923-54
Robert C. Wright
Business
1943   CEO of NBC Universal
Walter B. Wriston
Business
3-Aug-1919 19-Jan-2005 CEO of Citibank, 1967-84

NOTABLE EMPLOYEES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Ernst F. W. Alexanderson
Inventor
25-Jan-1878 14-May-1975 Developed radio and television at GE and RCA
Ananda M. Chakrabarty
Scientist
4-Apr-1938   Oil-eating bacteria
Ivar Giaever
Physicist
5-Apr-1929   Tunneling through superconductors
H. Tracy Hall
Chemist
20-Oct-1919 25-Jul-2008 Synthetic diamonds
Albert Wallace Hull
Physicist
19-Apr-1880 22-Jan-1966 Inventor of the magnetron tube
Irving Langmuir
Chemist
31-Jan-1881 16-Aug-1957 Inventor of the high-vacuum tube
Elihu Thomson
Inventor
29-Mar-1853 13-Mar-1937 Electric welding and A/C motors
Edward G. Zubler
Inventor
12-Mar-1925 20-Mar-2004 Inventor of the halogen lamp

EMPLOYMENT

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Edward G. Acheson
Inventor
9-Mar-1856 6-Jul-1931 Discovered silicon carbide
Stephen F. Angel
Business
c. 1956   CEO of Praxair
Zoë Baird
Government
20-Jun-1952   Atty Gen. nominee, thwarted by Nannygate
James G. Berges
Business
c. 1947   President of Emerson Electric, 1999-2005
Percy Williams Bridgman
Physicist
21-Apr-1882 20-Aug-1961 High-pressure physics
Rhonda L. Brooks
Business
c. 1952   R. Brooks Advisors, Inc.
Robert K. Burgess
Business
c. 1944   CEO of Pulte Homes, 1993-2001
Vannevar Bush
Scientist
11-Mar-1890 30-Jun-1974 Pre-internet visionary
Arthur P. Byrne
Business
c. 1946   Partner, J. W. Childs Associates
Peter Cartwright
Business
1930   CEO of Calpine, 1984-2005
Joseph R. Cleveland
Business
c. 1944   CIO of Lockheed Martin
Sarah R. Coffin
Business
c. 1952   Hexion Specialty Chemicals
Robert B. Coutts
Business
c. 1950   EVP at Lockheed Martin
Robert W. Cremin
Business
c. 1941   CEO of Esterline Technologies
Haskell Curry
Mathematician
12-Sep-1900 1-Sep-1982 Combinatory Logic
Aart J. de Geus
Business
c. 1954   CEO of Synopsys
Marijn E. Dekkers
Business
c. 1957   CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Mark Donegan
Business
c. 1956   CEO of Precision Castparts
P. Michael Ehlerman
Business
c. 1938   Chairman of Sovereign Bancorp
William L. Emmet
Engineer
10-Jul-1859 26-Sep-1941 All-electric warships
Sheldon R. Erikson
Business
c. 1941   Chairman of Cameron International
Mark P. Frissora
Business
c. 1956   CEO of The Hertz Corporation
Ann M. Fudge
Business
23-Apr-1951   CEO of Young & Rubicam, 2003-07
Philip V. Gerdine
Business
c. 1939   Retired Siemens executive
Linda A. Goodspeed
Business
c. 1962   Former EVP, Lennox International
William R. Graber
Business
c. 1943   CFO of McKesson, 2000-04
Patrick W. Gross
Business
15-May-1944   Co-Founder, American Management Systems
David D. Harrison
Business
c. 1947   CFO of Pentair, 2000-07
Michael C. Hawley
Business
c. 1938 13-Jun-2004 CEO of Gillette, 1999-2000
Richard S. Hill
Business
c. 1952   CEO of Novellus Systems
Robert Hofstadter
Physicist
5-Feb-1915 17-Nov-1990 Size, shape, and structure of neutrons and protons
Nick Holonyak
Physicist
3-Nov-1928   Light-emitting diodes
Paul W. Jones
Business
c. 1949   CEO of A. O. Smith
W. Steven Jones
Educator
c. 1952   Dean of Kenan-Flagler Business School
Christopher J. Kearney
Business
c. 1955   CEO of SPX Corporation
Lewis M. Kling
Business
c. 1944   CEO of Flowserve
Robert H. Krieble
Philanthropist
1916 8-May-1997 Loctite Corporation
Lyndon LaRouche
Economist
8-Sep-1922   Eccentric economist politician
Ernest Lawrence
Physicist
8-Aug-1901 27-Aug-1958 Inventor of the cyclotron
Tim Mahoney
Government
16-Aug-1956   Congressman from Florida, 2007-09
Michael J. Mancuso
Business
c. 1943   CFO of General Dynamics, 1994-2006
Craig O. Morrison
Business
c. 1957   CEO of Hexion Specialty Chemicals
Frank R. Noonan
Business
c. 1942   CEO of R. H. Donnelley, 1991-2002
Ray Noorda
Business
19-Jun-1924 9-Oct-2006 Former CEO of Novell
David Packard
Business
7-Sep-1912 26-Mar-1996 Co-Founder of Hewlett Packard
Martin L. Perl
Physicist
24-Jun-1927   Discovered the tau lepton
Barry W. Perry
Business
c. 1946   CEO of Engelhard, 2001-06
Alexander M. Poniatoff
Business
1892 1980 Founder of Ampex
Jerry I. Porras
Business
c. 1938   Professor of Organizational Behavior, Stanford
Stanley A. Rabin
Business
c. 1938   CEO of Commercial Metals, 1979-2006
Susan P. Read
Judge
1947   Judge, NY Court of Appeals
Jesse W. Reno
Inventor
4-Aug-1861 2-Jun-1947 Invented the escalator
H. John Riley, Jr.
Business
c. 1941   CEO of Cooper Industries, 1995-2005
Ellery Schempp
Activist
1940   Abington School District v. Schempp
Thomas C. Schievelbein
Business
c. 1954   Northrop Grumman Newport News
Kevin W. Sharer
Business
2-Mar-1948   CEO of Amgen
Robert L. Smialek
Business
c. 1943   Applied Innovation
Morton Sobell
Criminal
11-Apr-1917   Rosenbergs Co-Defendant
William R. Spivey
Business
c. 1947   Retired AT&T executive
Daniel K. K. Tseung
Business
c. 1971   Sun Hung Kai Properties
Kathryn C. Turner
Business
c. 1947   Founder of Standard Technology, Inc.
Kurt Vonnegut
Novelist
11-Nov-1922 11-Apr-2007 Slaughterhouse Five
Jackie M. Ward
Business
c. 1939   CEO of Computer Generation, 1968-2000
Norbert Wiener
Mathematician
26-Nov-1894 18-Mar-1964 Cybernetics

EXTRANEOUS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Arthur H. Compton
Physicist
10-Sep-1892 15-Mar-1962 Discovered the Compton Effect
James Connaughton
Government
?   Chairman, Council on Environmental Quality
John Diebold
Author
8-Jun-1926 26-Dec-2005 Advocate of automation
Henry Dreyfuss
Inventor
2-Mar-1904 5-Oct-1972 Product designer, human factors engineer
Charles Y. S. Liu
Business
c. 1950   On Capital China Technology Fund
John Patrick Schmitz
Government
1955   Washington lobbyist
Martin Shubik
Economist
24-Mar-1926   Economist and game theorist

CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Lucille Ball
Actor
6-Aug-1911 26-Apr-1989 I Love Lucy
Alton Brown
TV Personality
30-Jul-1962   Good Eats host
Bing Crosby
Singer
3-May-1903 14-Oct-1977 White Christmas
Paul Harvey
Radio Personality
4-Sep-1918 28-Feb-2009 The Paul Harvey Show
Dorothy Lamour
Actor
10-Dec-1914 22-Sep-1996 My Favorite Brunette
Jeanette MacDonald
Actor
18-Jun-1903 14-Jan-1965 The Merry Widow
Groucho Marx
Comic
2-Oct-1890 19-Aug-1977 You Bet Your Life
Ray Milland
Actor
3-Jan-1907 10-Mar-1986 The Lost Weekend
David Niven
Actor
1-Mar-1909 29-Jul-1983 Pencil-moustachioed actor
Ronald Reagan
Head of State
6-Feb-1911 5-Jun-2004 40th US President, 1981-89
Dinah Shore
Singer
29-Feb-1916 24-Feb-1994 See the U-S-A in a Chev-ro-let
Loretta Young
Actor
6-Jan-1913 12-Aug-2000 Platinum Blonde


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