GE CEO stepping down, Flannery to take over role

Jeff Immelt
FILE - In this Monday, May 8, 2017, file photo, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of GE's new headquarters, in Boston. General Electric said Immelt is stepping down as CEO. John Flannery, president and CEO of the conglomerate's health care unit, will take over the post in August. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric says Jeff Immelt is stepping down as CEO and John Flannery, president and CEO of the conglomerate’s health care unit, will take over the post in August.

The 61-year-old Immelt will stay on as chairman until his retirement from the position at the end of the year, with the 55-year-old Flannery stepping into the role after that.

Immelt has been at the helm of the conglomerate for 16 years, overseeing a transformation that included selling many of the company’s units. Over that time, General Electric sold its insurance, credit card, plastics and security divisions.

It also invested more heavily in new technologies, including a recent $1.65 billion acquisition of LM Wind Power, a Denmark-based manufacturer of rotor blades for wind turbines.

Flannery is a longtime General Electric executive, starting his career at GE Capital in 1987. He became president and CEO of the company’s equity unit in 2002 and eventually joined the health care unit in 2014, focusing on advanced technologies.

In addition, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Bornstein was named vice chair and Kieran Murphy was named president and CEO of GE Healthcare to succeed Flannery.

GE said Monday that the moves were part of its succession plan.

Shares of General Electric Co. climbed 91 cents, or 3.3 percent, to $28.84 in morning trading. They are down about 7.6 percent over the last 12 months.