Jack Welch was born in Salem, Massachusetts. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Massachusetts and his M.S. and Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois. Jack Welch has enormous stage presence and is one of the world leading keynote speakers at corporate events.
Jack began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960 and in 1981 became the company’s eighth Chairman & CEO. In his 20 years as CEO of General Electric, he transformed the company from a bureaucratic behemoth to a dynamic and revered powerhouse. During his tenure, GE market value grew from $13 billion to $400 billion. In the process, Welch’s management innovations have made him the most influential CEO of his era.
Upon his retirement from GE in 2001, Mr. Welch wrote his international best-selling autobiography, JACK: Straight From The Gut. He has also spent much of his time travelling around the world, speaking to people at every level of an organization, answering their questions on dozens of wide-ranging topics.
In 2000 he was named Manager of the Century by Fortune magazine. In 2005, he was voted Most Admired CEO of the past 20 years by Chief Executive magazine readers and the World’s Greatest Leader today in a Fast Company magazine survey.
Jack's genius is his natural capacity to communicate with people and is acclaimed for his insights on how businesses and people can achieve excellence. His tremendous leadership and inspirational skills made him into one of the most successful business leaders of all time.
In anecdotal detail and with self-effacing humor, Jack Welch delivers his message in interviews with a fire and pragmatism honed through his vast experience as the leader of the world's biggest business. His down to earth, direct and powerful style make him highly sought after at events worldwide
Jack Welch is the author of Winning, a #1 Wall Street Journal and international bestseller. In 2001, he wrote his #1 New York Times and also international best-selling autobiography, Jack: Straight from the Gut. From 2005 – 2009, together with his wife Suzy Welch, he wrote a widely read weekly column, The Welch Way. This column appeared in BusinessWeek magazine and was published by the New York Times syndicate and appeared in more than 45 major newspapers around the world, reaching more than 8 million readers. He recently launched the “Jack Welch Management Institute,” a unique online MBA program aimed at giving students around the world and at every career level the tools to transform their lives and the organizations of the future.
Jack is currently the head of Jack Welch, LLC, where he serves as Special Partner with the private equity firm, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and is a consultant to IAC (Interactive Corp). He speaks to business audiences and students around the world.