General Electric CEO Immelt to Address Graduates
Ray Orbach, Undersecretary for Science, Department of Energy, will address the Ph.D. graduates
Jeffrey R. Immelt, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of General Electric, will deliver the address at the Georgia Institute of Technology's 227th commencement ceremony for master's and undergraduate students. The event will begin at 9 a. m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Georgia Dome. Approximately 2,200 students are expected to graduate in the May 5 ceremony and a May 3 Ph. D. ceremony.
Immelt is the ninth chairman in General Electric's 128-year history and was appointed to his post in September 2001. He had previously served as president and chairman-elect of General Electric (GE) beginning in November 2000.
Immelt began his GE career in 1982. Over the last 24 years, he has held a series of global leadership roles in GE's plastics, appliance and medical businesses. He became an officer of GE in 1989 and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997.
In 2005 and 2006, Barron's named Immelt one of the World's Best CEOs. Under his leadership, GE has been named "America's Most Admired Company" three times in a poll conducted by FORTUNE magazine and the world's most respected company in polls conducted by Barron's and the Financial Times.
Chairman of The Business Council, Immelt serves on the boards of three non-profit organizations: Catalyst, devoted to advancing women in business; Robin Hood, focused on addressing poverty in New York City; and the New York Federal Reserve Bank.
Immelt holds a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College (1978) and an MBA from Harvard University (1982). He and his wife, Andrea, have one daughter.
Dr. Ray Orbach, Undersecretary for Science, Department of Energy, will address the Ph.D. graduates during a Thursday evening ceremony on May 3, 2007. The Ph. D. ceremony will be held in the Ferst Center for the Arts on the Georgia Tech campus at 7 p.m.