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Campbell to Retire, Blankenship To Head GE Appliances
Dec 16, 2011
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GE Home & Business Solutions named Charles (Chip) Blankenship to be president and CEO of GE Appliances. He takes over from James P. Campbell, will retire on Dec. 31, 2011, after 30 years with GE.

“It is with immense gratitude that we’d like to recognize Jim for his dedicated service to GE,” said GE Home & Business Solutions President and CEO Charlene Begley. “In his three decades of service to our company, Jim has distinguished himself as a leader known for his passionate focus on the customer and his employee development and advocacy.”

Chip Blankenship (pictured) will report to Begley.

“Chip brings a wealth of business leadership and program and product management expertise to this role,” said Begley. “We see tremendous opportunity to leverage his background and look forward to growth under his leadership.”

Blankenship joined Appliances from his most recent role as vice president and general manager for the Commercial Engines Operation for GE Aviation. Prior to GE Aviation, Chip was the general manager for Aero Energy, a division of GE Energy. Blankenship began his GE career in 1992 as a staff scientist at the Global Research Center. He joined Aviation in 1996 and held several product and program management positions before taking on the business leadership role in Aero Energy.

Blankenship earned a bachelor's of science degree in materials engineering from Virginia Tech and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from the University of Virginia.

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