Jay Ireland is President and CEO of GE Africa. In this role he has responsibility for GE’s operations in sub-Saharan Africa, which includes more than 1500 professionals.
Previously, Jay was President and CEO of GE Asset Management (GEAM), a leading global investment firm managing portfolios for a variety of clients, including corporate and public plan sponsors, foundations, endowments, and other investors worldwide, as well as those for GE’s primary U.S. pension plan and other benefit programs.
Prior to GEAM, Jay was President of NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations. In this role, he had overall executive responsibility for NBC Universal’s 10 television stations, the Telemundo network and its 16 Spanish language television stations, domestic first-run syndication, affiliate relations, and Network Operations. Before joining NBC in 1999, he had been the CFO of GE Plastics.
After three years as an U.S. Army Officer, Jay started his career with General Electric in 1980 in the Financial Management Program in Lynchburg, Virginia. He became a member of the Corporate Audit Staff, and in 1988 joined GE Plastics where he held several financial and product management assignments. In 1990, Ireland was named managing director of Polymerland-Europe, a plastics distribution company. In March 1993, he was named Manager, Corporate Investor Communications, and was appointed Vice President, Corporate Audit Staff in May 1995.
Jay is a Trustee of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, a member of the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, and a Trustee of St. Lawrence University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1977.