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Jay Ireland

President and Chief Executive Officer, Africa, GE

1977, BA, Saint Lawrence University. Formerly: three years as US Army Officer. 1980, with General Electric: Financial Management Programme; Corporate Audit Staff. 1988, with GE Plastics, including: Chief Financial Officer; 1990, Managing Director, Polymerland-Europe; 1993, Manager, Corporate Investor Communications; 1995, Vice-President, Corporate Audit Staff. President, NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations. With General Electric: President and Chief Executive Officer, GE Asset Management, a global investment firm managing portfolios for corporate and public clients, foundations, endowments and for GE's primary US pension plan; currently, responsible for operations in sub-Saharan Africa with over 800 staff; also Officer and Member, Corporate Executive Council.