Jack Welch: Biography at a Glance

  • Legendary management expert
  • Served as Chairman and CEO of General Electric for 20 years
  • Current Executive Chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, senior adviser to private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and to IAC
  • Author of 3 best-selling business books: "Jack: Straight from the Gut," "Winning," and "The Real-Life MBA"

Jack Welch is one of the world's most respected and celebrated CEOs, known for his unmatched track record of success, passion for winning, and unbridled desire to change the world through his groundbreaking management practices. 

Jack served as chairman and CEO of General Electric for an illustrious 20 years. In 1999, he was named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine. Jack has always been defined by his love of teaching and his commitment to building leaders and teams.

Jack began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the company’s 8th Chairman and CEO. During his 20-year tenure as CEO of General Electric, the company's market capitalization rose from $13 billion to over $400 billion, becoming one of the most profitable companies in the world.

Jack is currently Executive Chairman of the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, an online MBA and Certificate program with 2,000 students from around the world. With its deeply engaged faculty, real-life curriculum, and interactive technology, JWMI is designed to give working professionals the tools to transform their lives and organizations at every level of their careers.

Along with his active involvement at JWMI, Jack is a senior advisor at two companies: the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, where he helps manage dozens of businesses in a wide variety of industries, and the high-growth Internet enterprise IAC (InterActiveCorp).

In December 2016, Jack joined a business forum assembled by then president-elect Donald Trump to provide strategic and policy advice on economic issues.

Named as one of the “100 Greatest Living Business Minds,” by Forbes magazine in 2017, Jack has been called “The CEO of CEOs,” and his impact can be seen and felt in the careers of Millennials, entrepreneurs, and senior executives alike. All three of his books have been major international best-sellers: "Jack: Straight from the Gut" (2001), "Winning: The Ultimate Business How-To Book" (2005), and "The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career" (2015).

Born in Salem, Massachusetts, Jack received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts, and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois.

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