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Managerial Leadership Jack Welch General Electric Jack Welch became CEO of General Electric at the beginning of the 1980s Prior to this Jack was the youngest Vice President in 1972 and was named Vice Chairman in 1979 As Successful as GE has been Jack did not inherit the company without adversity However Byrne 1998 he has transformed what was an old-line American industrial giant into a keenly competitive global growth engine par 14 Through much reorganization he has overcome several barriers How was he able to do this with such a large organization My initial answer would be to say very carefully Why is Jack Welch a highly recognized CEO Jack is probably highly regarded for a couple of reasons Most notably would how he has increased his companys market value from 12 billion in 1981 when he became CEO to almost 280 billion in 1998 That is some truly amazing success How did he do this It is possible that it could stem from his personality alone Byrne 1998 He does it through sheer force of personality coupled with an unbridled passion for winning the game of business and a keen attention to details many chieftains would simply overlook par 16 It is also stated that he is very frank and forthright in his meetings What problems at General Electric did he face when becoming the new CEO Jack faced what I believed to be the most important was GEs lacking competitiveness internationally In 1985 20 percent of the companys profits came from operations out of the United States Also consolidation of their major product lines was necessary GEs mainstay was made up of two-thirds manufacturing and one-third technology and services It was difficult to manage these 350 major product lines and services It made sense to consolidate and reevaluate focus on the companys core products Jack Welch 4 How did he overcome these problems I believe
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