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Rutland Health Foundation announces GE CEO Immelt as speaker for annual meeting

RUTLAND - Jeffrey K. Immelt, head of GE and one of the most highly acclaimed CEOs, is planning to speak at the Rutland Health Foundation annual meeting in October while visiting local GE facilities. Immelt became GE's ninth chairman in September 2001.
Immelt is expected to speak about the future he envisions. Chairman of the U.S. Jobs Council (national jobs czar), he delivered the keynote address at enterprise technology and cloud computing showcase Dreamforce 2012 and editorialized on The Future of the Internet as Intelligent Machines in cloud-computing Internet magazine GigaOM last November.

Since Immelt became GE's leader, polls by Barron's and the Financial Times named his firm one of "The World's Most Respected Companies;" a Fortune poll also announced GE to be "America's Most Admired Company." Barron has also been touted as one of the "World's Best CEOs."

Immelt's leadership of GE began as a struggle for business survival. He became chairman and CEO on September 7, 2001, four days before terrorists attacked New York City, which killed two employees and draining $600 million from GE's insurance business, plus beating up GE's Aircraft Engines sector.

Immellt has drawn fire for many of his decisions. Since 2008, GE has closed more than 31 plants and lain off more than 19,000 employees. Stock prices have dropped drastically. But GE is still intact.

Now Immelt is one of the top national advisors in trying to rebuild the American economy. Even though he is chairman of the Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, he continues to lead GE.

His goal for GE is to have it be "a company that is always getting better, a company that understands where it fits in the markets and in society and appreciates its responsibility to both."

In addition to a B.A. degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth (1978), Immelt holds an M.B.A. from Harvard University (1982). Much in demand as a speaker, he has given commencement addresses at his alma mater, Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College; Pepperdine University; the University of Notre Dame; Michigan State University; and Boston College, plus several others. Most recently he spoke at the commencement of the University of Connecticut Graduate School. He has received at least eight honorary doctorates, one an honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree.

The independent, non-profit Rutland Health Foundation works to grow philanthropic funds for Rutland Regional Medical Center, the Rutland Area Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice, and Kids on the Move, with the broader goal of improving the health and lives of people in the greater Rutland community.