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GE Executive To Speak at Tippie School of Management Oct. 7

General Electric is one of the world's most successful and ubiquitous companies, producing everything from jet engines to NBC television programs. But some of its most recognizable consumer products, such as light bulbs and appliances, are made by the GE Industrial business unit, led by long-time GE executive John Rice.

Rice, vice chairman and CEO of GE Industrial, was named to his current position in July 2005. He will speak about leadership and his management experiences Friday, Oct. 7 at the University of Iowa's Tippie School of Management. His presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. in C425 in the Pomerantz Career Center, which houses the Tippie School's MBA program. The speech, part of the Knapp Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Rice began his General Electric career in 1978 as a member of the Financial Management Program, moving to the GE Corporate Audit Staff in 1981. In 1984 he joined GE Appliances, having various assignments in operations and consumer service.

In 1992, Rice was named president and CEO of GE's Canadian appliance affiliate in Toronto, Canada. In 1994 he assumed leadership of the GE Corporate Audit Staff and a year later was appointed president of GE Plastics Asia/Pacific business headquarters in Singapore. Rice was appointed president and CEO, GE Transportation Systems in Erie, Pa., in September 1997. He was president and CEO of GE Power before being named to his current position at GE Industrial, which is a leading provider of a broad range of products and services throughout the world, including appliances and lighting, plastics and silicones products, and equipment services.

Rice earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., and currently serves on the Board of Trustees there. In addition, Rice is chairman of the U.S. Energy Association, a director of Emory Healthcare, chairman-elect of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, a trustee at the Woodruff Arts Center, a member of the Georgia Tech Board of Advisors, and a trustee at the Walker School.


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