The former chairman and CEO of General Electric is dead. Jack Welch's wife Suzy announced his death today.
Welch took the helm at GE in 1981 and retired just before the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
GE grew exponentially during Welch's time in charge as its market value increased to 410-billion-dollars.
Welch was 84-years-old.
Welch was born in Pittsfield and was a graduate of UMass Amherst.
Funeral arrangements have not been released.
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