Charles Edward Wilson
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.