New Horizons Lecture Presented Today
Monday, Nov. 30, 2015
For the last 100 years, innovation has been synonymous with technological advancements. However, it's no longer enough to develop advanced medical technologies with a high IQ—it's what we do with those images, how we share, how we diagnose and how we drive better outcomes—that really matters, says Jeffrey R. Immelt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of General Electric (GE).
Moving into the next century, we need to concentrate our efforts to deliver the type of innovation that will truly improve the health of millions of people around the world, Immelt says. But innovation must deliver more than a new device; it must deliver real outcomes for our patients, Immelt says. In a time where high-tech is in high demand, it will be seemingly simple ideas such as a low-cost infant warmer that will become the true innovations of our time.
Immelt will deliver the New Horizons Lecture "Redefining Innovation" in Monday's plenary session.
Immelt held several global leadership positions since joining GE in 1982, including roles in plastics, appliances and healthcare businesses. Immelt became a GE officer in 1989 and joined the GE Capital Board in 1997. He has served as GE's Chairman and CEO since 2001.
Immelt has been named one of the World's Best CEOs three times by Barron's. Since Immelt began serving as CEO, 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.
In other roles, Immelt served as chair of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and as a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.