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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
6:30 – 8:00 p.m
Spruance Auditorium
In the military, culture is critical in driving innovation and effectiveness.  In a very challenging and competitive global economy, the same can be said for any enterprise.  In his lecture, Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO of GE, discussed the value of culture and what it means in a business context.  Mr. Immelt shared the main pillars of GE’s culture, such as being mission based and solutions oriented, and how those pillars help GE take on some the world’s toughest challenges.  Mr. Immelt also talked about the value of leadership, offering a positive model for uncertain times.

Jeffrey R. Immelt is the ninth chairman of GE, a post he has held since September 7, 2001.
Mr. Immelt has held several global leadership positions since coming to GE in 1982, including roles in GE's Plastics, Appliance, and Healthcare businesses. In 1989 he became an officer of GE and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. A couple years later, in 2000, Mr. Immelt was appointed president and chief executive officer.
Mr. Immelt has been named one of the "World's Best CEOs" three times by Barron's, and since he began serving as chief executive officer, GE has been named "America's Most Admired Company" in a poll conducted by Fortune magazine and one of "The World's Most Respected Companies" in polls by Barron's and the Financial Times.
Mr. Immelt is the chair of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. He is also a member of The Business Council.
Mr. Immelt earned a B.A. degree in applied mathematics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1982. He and his wife have one daughter.

Mr. Jeffrey Immelt’s presentation, “The Importance of Culture,” was the College’s academic year 2012-13 Admiral Raymond A. Spruance Lecture which honors a great naval hero of World War II and past president of the College. The lecture is sponsored by the Naval War College Foundation through the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Harold B. Finn III.