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Charles Edward Wilson

General Electric Company

1940 - 1950

Fabricated Goods

1940 b. 1886
Born-Died1886 - 1972
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
FatherLaborer, Skilled
Era - 1940

Under Wilson’s leadership, a totally new organizational structure was put in place at GE, one that was a decentralized collection of six autonomous divisions. Wilson also began a controversial aggressive anti-union campaign at GE that approached employees with a “take it or leave it” compensation package that was not totally resolved until 1970. Nonetheless, GE continued to grow strongly under Wilson’s leadership, reaching revenue levels of over $1 billion while assets increased to $800 million.