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Former GE Chairman Jack Welch to Speak at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business April 15

April 03, 2005

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Former General Electric Chairman Jack Welch will discuss topics related to his newest book “WINNING” and answer audience questions at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, at Duke University.

The event, in Geneen Auditorium at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, is free and open to the public. Welch will sign books afterwards.

Welch’s appearance will conclude the 2004-2005 Fuqua Distinguished Speakers Series, which brings top executives and corporate leaders to campus to share their experiences with MBA students and other members of the community.

During Welch’s tenure as chairman and CEO of General Electric, GE’s market capitalization increased by $400 billion, making it the world’s most valuable corporation. Welch is currently the head of Jack Welch, LLC, where he advises a small group of Fortune 500 CEOs and speaks to businesspeople and students around the world.

“WINNING” explores Welch’s eight rules of great leadership and provides a conceptual framework that delves into the characteristics of real winners. The book is co-written with Welch’s wife Suzy, a former editor of the Harvard Business Review.

The book discusses the complexities of competition in today’s global economy, with chapters on strategy, budgeting, mergers and acquisitions. It also explores how to have a meaningful career, with chapters about finding the right job, working for a tough boss and work-life balance.

Welch is also the author of the New York Times’ bestseller “Jack: Straight From the Gut.”