H. Lawrence (Larry) Culp, Jr. is the chairman and CEO of GE. He is GE’s twelfth CEO and eleventh chairman. He joined GE's board of directors in April 2018 and became its CEO in October 2018. Before joining GE, Culp served as the president and CEO of Danaher Corporation from 2000 to 2014, and during his tenure, the company increased both its revenues and its market capitalization five-fold. Investors and analysts consistently ranked him as one of the top CEOs in annual institutional investor surveys, and Harvard Business Review named him one of the Top 50 CEOs in the world.
Culp joined Danaher in 1990 at Veeder-Root, becoming president in 1993. He was appointed group executive and corporate officer in 1995, with responsibility for Danaher’s environmental and electronic test and measurement platforms while also serving as president of Fluke and Fluke Networks. He was named executive vice president in 1999, chief operating officer in 2001, and president and CEO in 2001.
He is a member and the immediate past chair of the board of visitors and governors of his alma mater, Washington College, and also serves on the Wake Forest University board of trustees. Previously, he was a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, where he focused on leadership, strategy and general management in the MBA and executive education programs. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Culp holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.