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General Electric Company
3135 Easton Turnpike
Fairfield, Connecticut 06828

March 3, 2009

Dear Shareowner,

You are invited to attend the 2009 Annual Meeting of Shareowners to be held on Wednesday, April 22, in Orlando, Florida.

The annual meeting will begin with a report on our operations, followed by discussion and voting on the matters set forth in the accompanying notice of annual meeting and proxy statement and discussion on other business matters properly brought before the meeting.

If you plan to attend the meeting, please follow the advance registration instructions on the back of this proxy statement. An admission card, which is required for admission to the meeting, will be mailed to you prior to the meeting.

Whether or not you plan to attend, you can ensure that your shares are represented at the meeting by promptly voting and submitting your proxy by telephone or by Internet, or by completing, signing, dating and returning your proxy form in the enclosed envelope.


Jeffrey R. Immelt signature

Jeffrey R. Immelt
Chairman of the Board