You are invited to participate in GE’s 2020 Annual Meeting. If you were a GE shareholder at the close of business on March 9, 2020, you are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Even if you plan to participate online, we encourage you to submit your vote as soon as possible through one of the methods below.
Mike Holston, Secretary
On April 14, 2020, GE announced that to protect the health and safety of its shareholders, employees, directors and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, GE will hold its 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in an online (virtual) format. The meeting will be held online only at the originally scheduled time.
10:00am Eastern Time
May 5, 2020
Online only at:
How you can obtain online entry to the Annual Meeting
To be admitted to the virtual meeting with the ability to vote and ask questions, shareholders must enter their unique 16-digit voting control number, which may be obtained as described below.
For shareholders who hold GE shares through a brokerage, bank or other institutional account, the 16-digit voting control number can be found on the voting instruction form, Notice of Internet Availability of proxy materials or email, as applicable, provided with GE’s previously distributed proxy materials. Shareholders who hold GE shares through a brokerage, bank or other institutional account with questions on how to obtain a control number to participate in the Annual Meeting should contact the financial institution where their shares are held.
For shareholders who hold GE shares directly with GE, through the GE Retirement Savings Plan (401(k)), or through another company-administered plan (e.g., GE Shares), a 16-digit control number must be requested in advance, and the request must be received by no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT to allow adequate time for processing. Shareholders requesting a control number should follow the advance registration instructions that appear on the top portion of their proxy card or that were received from their plan administrator, which was included in the previously distributed proxy materials. To allow timely delivery of control numbers, shareholders are asked to provide a valid email address with their request.
Shareholders who hold GE shares directly with GE, through the GE Retirement Savings Plan (401(k)), or another company-administered plan with questions about obtaining a control number can call the following numbers:
Within the US, call GE Shareowner Services 800.786.2543 (800.STOCK.GE)
Outside the US, call GE Shareowner Services 651.450.4064
Online check-in will be available approximately 15 minutes before the meeting starts. All participants should reference the meeting rules of conduct, which will be posted on the site.
As with our past in-person annual meetings, we are making the virtual meeting available to the public to view live and will include closed captioning. Anyone wishing to do so may go to the website listed above and enter as a guest.
Elect the 11 director nominees named in the proxy for the coming year
Your Board recommends a vote FOR each director nominee
Approve our named executives’ compensation in advisory vote
Your Board recommends a vote FOR this proposal
Ratify the selection of KPMG as independent auditor for 2020
Your Board recommends a vote FOR this proposal
Vote on the shareholder proposal included in the proxy if properly presented at the meeting
Your Board recommends a vote AGAINST the proposal
Shareholders also will transact any other business that properly comes before the meeting
Who can vote?
Shareholders as of our record date, March 9, 2020.
How many shares are entitled to vote?
8.7 billion common shares (preferred shares are not entitled to vote).
How many votes do I get?
One vote on each proposal for each share you held as of the record date (see first question above).
Do you have an independent inspector of elections?
Yes, you can reach them at First Coast Results, Inc., 200 Business Park Circle, Suite 112, Saint Augustine, FL 32095.
Can I change my vote?
Yes, by voting online during the meeting, delivering a new proxy or notifying First Coast Results in writing. However, if you hold shares through a broker, you will need to contact them directly.
Is my vote confidential?
Yes, only First Coast Results and certain GE employees/agents have access to individual shareowner voting records.
How many votes are needed to approve a proposal?
Majority of votes cast, with abstentions & broker non-votes generally not being counted & having no effect.
Where can I find out more information?
How you can ask a question for the meeting
Questions during the shareholder meeting: Shareholders as of the record date who attend and participate in the virtual Annual Meeting using their control number (as described above) will have an opportunity to submit questions online during the meeting, beginning shortly after it starts through the meeting website.
Questions in advance of the shareholder meeting: Shareholders as of the record date may also submit questions in advance using one of the two methods below:
Shareholders who hold GE shares through a brokerage, bank or financial institution may submit a question in advance at www.proxyvote.com, after logging in with the 16-digit control number found next to the label for postal mail recipients or within the email you received with your Proxy Statement materials.
Shareholders who hold GE shares directly registered with GE, through the GE Retirement Savings Plan (401(k)), or through another company-administered plan (e.g., GE Shares) may submit a question in advance by email to AnnualMeeting.Questions@ge.com (shareholders are asked to include the full name of the account holder so we can confirm your status as a shareholder).
We will try to answer as many shareholder-submitted questions that comply with the posted rules of conduct as time permits (whether submitted prior to or during the portion of the meeting when questions may be submitted). If we receive substantially similar questions, we will group such questions together and provide a single response to avoid repetition.
How you can voteDo you hold shares directly with GE or in the Retirement Savings Plan (RSP)?
Mail your signed proxy form
Mail your signed voting instruction form