BUSINESSWEEK ONLINE : DECEMBER 11, 2000 ISSUE
COVER STORY

Jeffrey R. Immelt


BORN
Feb. 19, 1956, Cincinnati, Ohio

BACKGROUND
Father was GE Aircraft Engines manager; mother was schoolteacher

BORN LEADER
Counseled high school basketball coach to scream less; it worked

FAMILY
Met his wife, Andrea, at GE Plastics; one daughter

HOBBIES
Golf

EDUCATION
BS, economics, applied math, Dartmouth (photo at left); MBA, Harvard

TEAM PLAYER
Offensive right tackle on Dartmouth football team, which went 6-3 his final year

FORMER GE TITLE
President and CEO, GE Medical Systems

CURRENT TITLE
President and Chairman-Elect of GE

GE HIGHLIGHTS
Revived stagnant medical-products division; persuaded carmakers to use more plastic bumpers; successfully handled a massive recall of refrigerator parts

MANAGEMENT STYLE
''I think there's a difference between tough-mindedness and meanness''




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