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About Jack Welch

Named “Manager of the Century” by Fortune magazine and coined “The CEO of CEOs” in Forbes' 100 Greatest Business Minds feature, Jack Welch is one of the world’s most respected and celebrated CEOs. He now brings his unmatched track record of success, enormous love of people, fierce passion for winning and unbridled desire to change the world for the better using his proven management practices to JWMI.

Other business schools study great leaders. Ours is run by one.

As Executive Chairman, Jack Welch, one of the world’s top business minds, is deeply engaged in every aspect of the JWMI program. His influence spans the curriculum, the faculty, the students, and the administration. Jack brings over 50 years of leadership expertise and a passion for education. He brings valuable insights from the companies and business leaders he consults with around the world to JWMI students. In this way, Jack helps us bridge the gap between what companies want in the workplace and the education students receive. Jack’s vision and continued involvement in the curriculum ensure that students are learning and applying every day.

His leadership is a tremendous asset to our courses but most importantly to our students, who have an opportunity to interact with Jack multiple times per term, receiving his insights on current business topics and coaching them on career development.

While there may be many opportunities to review Jack Welch case studies at other schools, no other school is led by one of the greatest CEOs of all time.

Over my long career, I've perfected a proven methodology for winning, one founded on the belief that companies win and careers flourish when people are continually learning.

Jack Welch

Next application deadline

April 6, 2020

Born to a working-class family in Salem, Massachusetts, Jack attended the University of Massachusetts and received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois. He joined GE at age 24, worked his way up through many divisions, and was named its CEO in 1981 at the age of 45. In his 21 years as CEO, Jack transformed GE into the world's most admired and successful company with his innovative management techniques. Revenues grew five-fold, from $25 billion to $130 billion, income grew ten-fold, from $1.5 billion to $15 billion, and the company's market capitalization had a 30-fold increase of more than $400 billion. His achievements are considered epic, and, as a result, thousands of companies around the world have adopted the Welch Way.

After retiring from GE in 2001, Jack Welch has only become more active in business. He has written three best-selling business books, Jack: Straight from the Gut, Winning and The Real-Life MBA. He actively participates in managing numerous companies as part of a private equity group, and for four years wrote an immensely popular weekly column for Bloomberg Businessweek magazine. He is a fixture on TV as a popular business commentator.

Jack Welch has always been defined by his zealous love of teaching and commitment to building leaders. At GE, he created the world's best corporate training center and regularly taught there himself. More recently, he taught a popular course as a visiting professor at MIT's Sloan School of Management, and he regularly teaches seminars to CEOs and senior executives around the world.