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Jack Welch can best be described with this one word, ex-NBC CEO Bob Wright says
Former GE CEO Jack Welch was ‘something special’: Bob Wright
Former General Electric Vice Chairman Bob Wright remembers Jack Welch.
I worked for Jack Welch for 20 years. He was demanding, exciting, a brilliant strategist and a man of the highest level of energy.
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He was more competitive than anyone I have ever known.
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By every measure, he was one of the best CEOs of all time.
Jack and I met in Pittsfield, MA in 1973, when he was already becoming a major figure at GE. He hired me as a lawyer for GE’s plastics unit, where I later took on several management positions.
I entered the business as a lawyer, but Jack turned me into a businessman. His leadership had that effect on many of us.
Jack had a rare and gifted combination of intelligence and street smarts. He was the son of a railroad conductor and worked very hard.
He played every sport in high school and was the captain of the hockey team. Jack graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in chemical engineering and received a masters and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois.
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Initially, he wanted to discover things as a chemical engineer at GE. This drive for knowledge and progress was on display in Jack’s forward-thinking leadership.
Jack was passionate about the technologies of the future. He insisted that we get out front in every area of technology and never fall behind or play in the past.