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William J. Conaty

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Bill Conaty spent a 40-year career at General Electric (GE). A native of Binghamton, New York, he earned his bachelor's degree from Bryant University in Rhode Island. After graduating from a three-year management program at GE and service in the military, he held leadership positions in a number of GE operations. In 1993, he was selected by Jack Welch to the Senior Vice Presidency of Corporate Human Resources with responsibility for over 320,000 employees worldwide. He served Welch for eight years and Jeff Immelt for six years.

Conaty served as a Trustee at Sacred Heart University for over a decade, and received an Honorary Doctorate degree in May 2010. In addition to serving on the Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Boards of Trustees, he currently serves as Chair of the Board of his alma mater, Bryant University. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Cornell University's Center for Advanced HR Studies, where his legacy will continue with the recent endowment of the William J. Conaty Chair in Human Resources. In November 1996, he was inducted as a Fellow to the National Academy of Human Resources, elected Chairman in February 2001, and named Distinguished Fellow, the highest honor, in November 2007. Conaty also is a member of the HR Policy Association, where he served as Chairman from 2001 to 2007, and is a member of the Personnel Roundtable.

Following his retirement from GE, Conaty formed his own consulting company, Conaty Consulting, LLC. His client base includes the private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, and several other Fortune 100 companies. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, is active on the speaking circuit as a world leader in HR, and has been a featured guest on CNBC's "Squawk Box." Conaty co-authored a book with Ram Charan titled, "The Talent Masters," published by Random House.

Conaty and his wife, Sue, have two daughters, Kim and Kelly, who both live in New York. They split their time between homes in Florida and Sunapee, NH.