LOUISVILLE, KY. —
GE appliance and lighting chief Jim Campbell will retire after 30 years with the company on Dec. 31, to be succeeded in majaps by GE aviation exec Charles “Chip” Blankenship.
Blankenship previously served as VP/general manager for GE Aviation’s commercial engines operation. He joined GE in 1992 as a staff scientist at the Global Research Center, and later served as general manager for Aero Energy, a division of GE Energy.
In his new role as president/CEO of GE Appliances, he is expected to extend the appliance division’s recent entry into home energy management products and services. He reports to Charlene Begley, president/ CEO of GE Home & Business Solutions.
“Chip brings a wealth of business leadership and program and product management expertise” to his new role, Begley said. “We see tremendous opportunity to leverage his background and look forward to growth under his leadership.”
Campbell joined GE in 1981 as a Northeast region sales/marketing trainee for GE Appliances. By 1992 he relocated to corporate headquarters, here, to lead the division’s marketing, sales and product management organizations. He was appointed sales and marketing VP and a GE company officer in 1999, and two years later was named president/CEO of GE Appliances.
A corporate senior VP, Campbell later served as president/CEO of GE Consumer Products and GE Consumer & Industrial.
Over the last three years he presided over a $1 billion re-investment in domestic majap infrastructure, renegotiated terms with his factory workforce, and secured government tax incentives to bring much of the division’s R&D and production back to the U.S. as it prepares for a new generation of “smart” appliances.
“It is with immense gratitude that we’d like to recognize Jim for his dedicated service to GE,” Begley said. “In his three decades of service to our company, Jim has distinguished himself as a leader known for his passionate focus on the customer and his employee development and advocacy.”