Jay Ireland is the President and CEO of GE Africa he leads GE’s operations on the sub-continent across power generation, healthcare, transportation, oil & gas and aviation. He is a GE Officer and a member of GE’s Corporate Executive Council.
Prior his GE Africa appointment, Ireland led GE Asset Management (GEAM), a global investment firm with about US$120 billion in assets under management. Before heading GEAM, Ireland was President of NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations where he had overall executive responsibility for NBC Universal’s 10 television stations, the Telemundo network and its 16 Spanish language television stations. Before joining NBC in 1999, he had been the CFO of GE Plastics. Ireland started his career with General Electric in 1980 in its Financial Management Program after 3 years as a US Army Officer.
Jay is the Chair of US Presidents’ Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa. This council was established in November 2014 to advise the U.S. President, through the Secretary of Commerce, on strengthening commercial engagement between the U.S. and Africa.
Jay Ireland serves as the Chairman of the US Africa Business Council of the US Chamber of Commerce. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) and was the Co-chair of the World Economic Forum-Africa strategic infrastructure initiative as well as a Board member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. He is also 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.
Jay Ireland won the Africa investor Magazine’s ‘International Business Leader of the Year’ award in 2012 and 2013.