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Bill Conaty Who?
Bill Conaty is a native of Binghamton, New York, and graduated from Bryant College in Providence, Rhode Island, with a B.S. degree in business administration in 1967. Upon college graduation, he joined the General Electric Company on their Corporate Manufacturing Management Program. After graduation from the three-year management program and a tour of military duty, he joined GE Transportation Division in 1971 and held several employee and labor relations assignments in Erie and Grove City, Pennsylvania. In 1978, he functioned as Plant Manager of the GE Diesel Engine Plant in Grove City, Pennsylvania, prior to moving to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, with the Aerospace Human Resources Operation in 1979. In 1981, he became Manager-Plant Relations in Syracuse, New York, and in 1984 joined GE Aircraft Engines in Lynn, Massachusetts, as Manager-Human Resources for the Lynn Production Division. In 1987, he assumed total human resources responsibilities for the Lynn area. In November 1990, Bill was elected a GE Company officer and became Vice President-Human Resources for GE Aircraft Engines headquartered in Evendale, Ohio. In October 1993, Bill became Senior Vice President of Corporate Human Resources and reports to GE Chairman and CEO, Jeff Immelt. In his current role, he has overall human resources responsibility for 315,000 GE employees worldwide.
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