The Flawed, Twisted Legacy of Jack Welch

The GE icon became famous for conflating leadership with stock price — a practice that still haunts most businesses today

Rob Walker
Marker

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Jack Welch, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric, in his New York City apartment.
Photo: Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis/Getty Images

JJack Welch had terrific timing. Or at least he did in one key aspect of his long tenure as the chief executive officer of General Electric: Welch, who died yesterday at age 84, took the reins…

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