July 11, 2009
Jack Welch is a business writer of a widely read weekly column The Welch Way, which he writes with his wife, Suzy Welch. This column appears in BusinessWeek magazine and is published by the New York Times syndicate in more than 45 major newspapers around the world, reaching more than 8 million readers. The Welches are also the co-authors of Winning, a #1 Wall Street Journal and international bestseller, and its companion volume, Winning: The Answers. In 2001, he wrote his #1 New York Times and also international best-selling autobiography, Jack – Straight from the Gut.
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 is a contributor on a variety of television network business shows and speaks to business audiences and students around the world. Jack also teaches a leadership course at MIT’s Sloan School of Management.
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. He began his career with the General Electric Company in 1960, and in 1981 became the Company’s 8th Chairman & CEO. During his tenure as CEO, the Company’s market capitalization rose from $13 billion to $400 billion, while revenues grew from $27 billion to $125 billion and earnings grew tenfold to almost $14 billion. In 2000, he was named "Manager of the Century" by Fortune magazine.
Jack is the father of 4 children and has 10 grandchildren. He is an avid Red Sox fan, is a life-long golfer, and is a fanatic about sports and business news in every medium.
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