GE to break up into 3 independent companies

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The new companies will focus on the aviation, healthcare, and energy sectors.

GE announced its plan to break up into three independently run companies. The transition will proceed as follows:

  • Pursuing a tax-free spin-off of GE Healthcare, creating a pure-play company at the center of precision health in early 2023, in which GE expects to retain a stake of 19.9 percent.

  • Combining GE Renewable Energy, GE Power, and GE Digital into one business, then pursuing a tax-free spin-off of this business in early 2024.

  • GE will remain as an aviation-focused company.

GE stated that independently run companies will be better positioned to deliver long-term growth and create value for their customers.

GE Chairman and CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. said, “At GE we have always taken immense pride in our purpose of building a world that works. The world demands—and deserves—we bring our best to solve the biggest challenges in flight, healthcare, and energy. By creating three industry-leading, global public companies, each can benefit from greater focus, tailored capital allocation, and strategic flexibility to drive long-term growth and value for customers, investors, and employees. We are putting our technology expertise, leadership, and global reach to work to better serve our customers.”

Culp will serve as non-executive chairman of the GE healthcare company upon its spin-off. He will continue to serve as chairman and CEO of GE until the second spin-off, at which point, he will lead the GE aviation-focused company going forward.

Peter Arduini will assume the role of president and CEO of GE Healthcare effective January 1, 2022. Scott Strazik will be the CEO of the combined Renewable Energy, Power, and Digital business while John Slattery continues as CEO of Aviation.