Jack Who?

Meet Jeff, as in Immelt, General Electric's new boss, who can't wait to make a name for himself

For a guy taking over the reins from Jack Welch, one of the most acclaimed CEOs of the 20th century, General Electric's incoming chief, Jeffrey Immelt, 45, doesn't seem at all fazed. "Believe it or not, I know, operationally, how to do this job," says the towering, outgoing Immelt. He knows how to do a lot of jobs, having spent almost 20 years at GE. Most recently he ran its medical-systems business. "It's not like I have to go up on the mountain for 40 days and come down with a bunch of stone tablets," Immelt says.

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