Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Jeff Immelt is one of the U.S.’s most prominent business leaders, having served as the chief executive officer of General Electric from 2001 to 2017. Immelt worked his way up the executive ladder at GE, serving under and then replacing the company's legendary CEO, Jack Welch. Since stepping down as the CEO, he has taught at Stanford Business School. In his memoir, Hot Seat, Immelt writes about his career at GE, during which he visited China regularly, helping oversee the company’s major expansion there. In this lightly edited interview, we began by discussing his first experiences of doing business in China. Jeff Immelt.Illustration by Lauren Crow Q: In your book, you write about what you learned at the helm of GE, and about how you built GE’s capabilities in China. Can you give us a sense of how that began? A: My first trip to China was in the late ‘80s, when I was working in GE plastics. I flew into Hong Kong and then to Shenzhen. We were building what's cSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.