How Jeff Immelt’s Courtship Of An Activist Investor Backfired For GE Shareholders – Antoine Gara
When hedge fund Trian Partners in October 2015 disclosed a $2.5 billion investment in General Electric GE -1.85% in support of Jeff Immelt’s efforts to reshape the conglomerate, it was the culmination of a multiyear effort by GE’s then-CEO. Two years prior, Immelt had invited Trian’s billionaire cofounder Nelson Peltz to speak at a corporate offsite to GE’s top brass, including some board members, and prod the century-old Dow giant to rein in overhead. After, the hedge fund kept an open dialogue with Immelt as he made some of his biggest decisions as CEO and repositioned the company from a near-death experience during the 2008 crisis…………..
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