H. Lawrence Culp Jr.


Henry Lawrence "Larry" Culp, Jr. (born March 1963) is an American business executive. He has been chairman and CEO of General Electric since October 2018.[1] He is the first outsider to run GE in the company's 126-year history.[2]

Larry Culp
Henry Lawrence Culp Jr.

March 1963 (age 59)
EducationWashington College (BA)
Harvard University (MBA)
TitleChairman and CEO of General Electric
TermOctober 2018 – present
PredecessorJohn L. Flannery

Prior to joining GE, Culp worked at Pall Corporation and Danaher Corporation in Washington, D.C. He joined the Danaher Corporation in 1990 and served as CEO from 2001 through 2014. Culp joined the GE board of directors in April 2018.[1]

Early life and educationEdit

Culp was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, the son of a small welding company owner. He earned a bachelor's degree from Washington College, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.[1]


Culp joined Danaher in 1990 at Veeder-Root, becoming president in 1993. He was appointed a group executive and corporate officer in 1995, with responsibility for Danaher’s Environmental and Electronic Test and Measurement platforms while also being president of Fluke and Fluke Networks. He was named an executive vice president in 1999, chief operating officer in 2001, and president and CEO in 2001. Previously, Culp was a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, where he focused on leadership, strategy and general management in the MBA and executive education programs.[3]

Culp is also a senior advisor at Bain Capital Private Equity and a non-executive director of T. Rowe Price.[4]

Culp's pay package of up to $21 million a year for four years as chairman and CEO of General Electric has attracted attention, especially the element tied to any stock price increase, with about $47 million for a 50% rise and perhaps $300 million for a 150% increase.[5] According to Bloomberg LP, the high base pay "sends the wrong message".[6] In April 2021, the Financial Times reported that Culp faced push back from two of the largest shareholder advisers on his pay package, which includes a bonus of $47 million. [7]

Personal lifeEdit

Culp is married, with three children,[8] and lives in the Boston area.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Logan, Tim; Jon, Chesto (2018-10-01). "Who is H. Lawrence Culp, GE's new CEO?". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  2. ^ Chin, Kimberly (2018-10-01). "A Look at Larry Culp's Career". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
  3. ^ "Lawrence Culp". www.ge.com. 2018-10-01. Retrieved 2019-10-19.
  4. ^ "H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. '85". www.washcoll.edu. Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  5. ^ Sheetz, Michael (5 October 2018). "New GE CEO Larry Culp signs stock-heavy contract worth up to $300 million if shares soar". CNBC. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  6. ^ Sutherland, Brooke (5 October 2018). "GE CEO's Payday Sends the Wrong Message". Bloomberg LP. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Subscribe to a slice of the FT | Financial Times". www.ft.com. Retrieved 2021-04-16.
  8. ^ Edgecliffe-Johnson, Andrew (1 October 2018). "Larry Culp looks for a repeat revolution at GE". Financial Times. Retrieved 20 March 2019.

External linksEdit

  • General Electric announcement
Business positions
Preceded by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of General Electric