Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported) October 8, 2017
General Electric Company
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
New York
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation)
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
41 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code   (617) 443-3000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
General Electric Company (the “Company”) announced that Robert Lane will be retiring from the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) after 12 years of service, effective October 9, 2017. In addition, the Board elected Edward P. Garden as a director to fill the resulting vacancy, effective on that date. Mr. Garden is the Chief Investment Officer and a Founding Partner of Trian Fund Management, L.P. (“Trian”), an investment management firm.

The Board has determined that Mr. Garden is an independent director under the New York Stock Exchange listing standards and the Company’s independence guidelines, as set forth in the Board’s Governance Principles.

Mr. Garden will participate in the compensation and benefit program for the Company’s independent directors, which is described on pages 53-55 of the Company’s Proxy Statement for its Annual Meeting of Shareowners held on April 26, 2017 (filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 8, 2017). Mr. Garden has advised the Company that, pursuant to his arrangement with Trian, he intends to transfer to Trian, or hold for the benefit of Trian, all director compensation paid to him.

The Board has not yet appointed Mr. Garden to any Board committees.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

General Electric Company
Date: October 10, 2017
/s/ Christoph A. Pereira
Christoph A. Pereira
Vice President,
Chief Corporate, Securities & Finance Counsel