Jack Welch, the charismatic manager who reworked Normal Electric powered (GE) into America’s most valuable company, has died aged 84.
Mr Welch, who ran the US conglomerate from 1981 until eventually 2001, was when named “supervisor of the century” for his successes.
Nicknamed “Neutron Jack” for his price-slicing, he turn out to be a finest advertising author and confidante of US presidents.
Underneath him, GE’s market benefit grew from $12bn to $410bn (£321bn).
Mr Welch joined GE as a chemical engineer in its plastics division at Pittsfield, Massachusetts, right before becoming elected the company’s youngest vice-president in 1972.
In 1979 he became vice-chairman and by the conclude of 1980, it was announced that he was to develop into chairman and CEO of the business, a situation he held for 20 years just before retiring in 2001.
While at the helm in the 1980s and 1990s, he purchased and marketed scores of businesses, growing GE into economic services and consulting.
A expert to thousands of administration hopefuls, his books “Winning” and “Jack: Straight from the Gut” had been bestsellers throughout his retirement.