You are invited to participate in GE’s 2021 Annual Meeting. If you were a GE shareholder at the close of business on March 8, 2021, you are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Even if you plan to attend the live webcast, we encourage you to submit your vote as soon as possible through one of the methods below.
Mike Holston, Secretary
DATE and TIME
May 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time
Live webcast at: www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/GE2021
FORMAT OF THE ANNUAL MEETING
The Governor of the State of New York has issued several temporary executive orders permitting New York corporations to hold virtual only shareholder meetings in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. If the Governor’s temporary order is extended through the date of the Annual Meeting, we intend to hold the Annual Meeting solely by means of remote communications with no in-person location. In the event such temporary order is not extended to the date of our annual meeting, we may provide a venue for an in-person annual meeting, in addition to virtual participation. In that case, we would notify our shareholders in advance on our website and by issuing a press release and filing it as additional proxy materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Attendance at an in-person meeting would include additional safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
ACCESS TO THE AUDIO WEBCAST OF THE ANNUAL MEETING
The live audio webcast of the 2021 Annual Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. As with our past in-person annual meetings, we are making the virtual meeting available to the public to listen live. Anyone wishing to do so may go to www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/GE2021 and enter as a guest.
You are entitled to participate in the Annual Meeting if you were a shareholder as of the close of business on March 8, 2021, the record date, or hold a valid proxy for the meeting. To participate in the virtual meeting, including to vote or to ask questions, you must access the meeting website at www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/GE2021, and follow the instructions on your proxy card, voting instruction form or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. Online check-in will begin approximately 15 minutes before the meeting and we encourage you to allow ample time for check-in procedures.
Elect the 11 director nominees named in the proxy for the coming year
Your Board recommends a vote FOR each director nominee.
Approve our named executive's compensation in advisory vote
Your Board recommends a vote FOR this proposal.
Ratify the selection of Deloitte as independent auditor for 2021
Your Board recommends a vote FOR this proposal.
Approve a reverse stock split and reduction in our authorized stock and per value.
Your board recommends a vote FOR this proposal.
Vote on the shareholder proposals included in the proxy, if properly presented at the meeting
Your Board recommends a vote AGAINST proposals No.1 and No.2
Your Board recommends a vote FOR proposal No.3
Shareholders also will transact any other business that properly comes before the meeting
Who can vote?
Shareholders as of our record date, March 8, 2021.
How many shares are entitled to vote?
8.8 billion common shares (preferred shares are not entitled to vote).
How many votes do I get?
One vote on each proposal for each share you held as of the record date (see first question above).
Do you have an independent inspector of elections?
Yes, you can reach them at First Coast Results, Inc., 200 Business Park Circle, Suite 112, Saint Augustine, FL 32095.
Can I change my vote?
Yes, by voting during the meeting, delivering a new proxy or notifying First Coast Results in writing. However, if you hold shares through a broker, you will need to contact them directly.
Is my vote confidential?
Yes, only First Coast Results and certain GE employees/agents have access to individual shareholder voting records.
How many votes are needed to approve a proposal?
Majority of votes cast, with abstentions and broker non-votes generally not being counted and having no effect, except that Management Proposal No.3 - Approval of a Reverse Stock Split requires a majority of shares outstanding, with abstentions and broker non-votes having the same effect as a vote against.
Where can I find out more information?
See Voting & Meeting Information
SUBMITTING QUESTIONS DURING THE MEETING
Shareholders of record will be able to submit questions either before (by going to www.proxyvote.com) or during the virtual meeting (by going to www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/GE2021) by typing the question into the “Ask a Question” field and clicking “Submit.” We will answer questions that comply with the Meeting Rules Of Conduct during the Annual Meeting, subject to time constraints. If we receive substantially similar questions, we may group such questions together. Questions related to personal matters, that are not pertinent to Annual Meeting matters, or that contain derogatory references to individuals, use offensive language, or are otherwise out of order or not suitable for the conduct of the Annual Meeting will not be addressed during the meeting. If there are questions pertinent to Annual Meeting matters that cannot be answered during the Annual Meeting due to time constraints, management will post answers to such questions at www.ge.com/investor-relations.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE DURING THE MEETING
If you encounter any difficulties accessing the meeting during the check-in or meeting time, please call the technical support number that will be posted on the virtual shareholder meeting log-in page.