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Meet John Flannery, GE’s new chief executive

John Flannery will become General Electric’s chief executive on Aug. 1, taking over for Jeffrey R. Immelt.

Flannery is married, has three children, and counts reading, golf, and music as his hobbies, according to his resume posted on the GE website.

He is a 1983 graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut and a 1987 graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.


But his most important qualification may be this: He is as Red Sox fan, and said during a live-streamed event Monday that he named his dog after Mookie Betts.

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Flannery joined GE Capital in 1987. According to the company, he worked in the corporate restructuring and workout group in the 1990s. He took over GE’s Equity business in Latin America in 1997.

In 2002, Flannery was named president and chief executive of GE Equity. He returned to GE Capital in 2005, where he was responsible for its Asia Pacific operations. He took over GE’s business in India in 2009.

In 2013, Flannery was placed in charge of business development at General Electric. He became chief executive of GE Healthcare in 2014.

Flannery called Monday’s announcement “the greatest honor of my career.”


“In the next few months, my focus will be on listening to investors, customers and employees to determine the next steps for GE,” he said.

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