GE Investors

Voting and Meeting Information

Proxy Solicitation & Document Request Information

How We Will Solicit Proxies

Proxies will be solicited on behalf of the Board by mail, telephone, other electronic means or in person, and we will pay the solicitation costs. Copies of proxy materials will be supplied to brokers, dealers, banks and voting trustees, or their nominees, to solicit proxies from beneficial owners, and we will reimburse these institutions for their reasonable expenses. Morrow Sodali, LLC has been retained to assist in soliciting proxies for a fee of $45,000 plus distribution costs and other expenses.

How We Use the Internet to Distribute Proxy Materials

Since 2014, we have distributed proxy materials to some of our shareholders over the Internet by sending them a Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials that explains how to access our proxy materials and vote online.

HOW GE SHAREHOLDERS BENEFIT FROM E-PROXY. This “e-proxy” process, expedites our shareholders’ receipt of these materials, lowers the costs of proxy solicitation and reduces the environmental impact of our annual meeting.

HOW TO OBTAIN A PRINTED COPY OF OUR PROXY MATERIALS. If you received a notice and would like us to send you a printed copy of our proxy materials, please follow the instructions included in your notice or visit the applicable online voting website (see Annual Report and Proxy E-Delivery).

How Documents Will Be Delivered to Beneficial Owners Who Share an Address

If you are the beneficial owner, but not the record holder, of shares of GE stock, and you share an address with other beneficial owners, your broker, bank or other institution is permitted to deliver a single copy of the proxy statement and our annual report for all shareholders at your address (unless one of them has already asked the nominee for separate copies).

TO RECEIVE SEPARATE COPIES. To request an individual copy of this proxy statement and our annual report, or the materials for future meetings, write to GE Shareowner Services, c/o Mediant Communications, P.O. Box 8016, Cary, NC 27512-9903, or call 866.870.3684. We will promptly deliver them to you.

TO STOP RECEIVING SEPARATE COPIES. If you currently receive separate copies of these materials and wish to receive a single copy in the future, you will need to contact your broker, bank or other institution where you hold your shares.

HOW YOU CAN ACCESS THE PROXY MATERIALS ELECTRONICALLY OR SIGN UP FOR ELECTRONIC DELIVERY … AND DONATE TO AMERICAN FORESTS

Important notice regarding the availability of GE’s proxy materials for the 2020 Annual Meeting: 

The proxy statement and our annual report may be viewed online at GE’s annual report website here. Shareholders can also sign up to receive proxy materials electronically by following the instructions below. GE will make a $1.00 donation to American Forests to help restore national forests throughout the United States for every shareholder who signs up for electronic delivery.

If you hold your GE shares directly with the company and you would like to receive future proxy materials electronically, please visit our annual report website or the personal investing page of our Investor Relations website (see Annual Report and Proxy E-Delivery) and follow the instructions there. If you choose this option, you will receive an email with links to access the materials and vote your shares, and your choice will remain in effect until you notify us that you wish to resume mail delivery of these documents. 

If you hold GE stock through a bank, broker or other holder of record and you would like to receive future proxy materials electronically, please refer to the information provided by that entity for instructions on how to elect this option. You can also visit the personal investing page of our Investor Relations website for more information (see Annual Report and Proxy E-Delivery).

HOW RECORD SHAREHOLDERS AND RSP PARTICIPANTS CAN REQUEST COPIES OF OUR ANNUAL REPORT

If you hold your shares directly with us and previously elected not to receive an annual report for a specific account, you may request a copy by:

· Writing to GE Shareowner Services, c/o Mediant Communications, P.O. Box 8016, Cary, NC 27512-9903

· Calling 866.870.3684

· Going online to www.investorelections.com/GE

· Emailing paper@investorelections.com with “GE Materials Request” in the subject line

 

In addition, participants in the RSP may request copies of our annual report by calling the RSP Service Center at 877.554.3777.

Voting Information

Who Is Entitled to Vote

Shareholders of record at the close of business on March 9, 2020 are eligible to vote at the meeting. Our voting securities consist of our $0.06 par value common stock (our preferred stock is not entitled to vote at the annual meeting), and there were 8.7 billion shares outstanding on the record date. Each share outstanding on the record date is entitled to one vote for each director nominee and one vote for each of the other proposals to be voted on. Treasury shares are not voted.

How You Can Vote Before the Meeting

We encourage shareholders to submit their votes in advance of the meeting. To submit your votes by Internet, follow the instructions on your proxy card, voting instruction form or Notice of Internet Availability of Proxy Materials. If you received your materials by mail, you can also vote by telephone or simply complete and return the proxy or voting instruction form in the envelope provided. If you vote in advance using one of these methods, you are still welcome to attend the meeting and vote online.

How You Can Vote Online During the Meeting

To be admitted to the virtual meeting with the ability to vote and ask questions, shareholders must enter their unique 16-digit voting control number on the meeting website (http://www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/GE2020). For more information on how to obtain access to the meeting, see “How you can obtain online entry to the Annual Meeting” below.

  • For shareholders who hold GE shares through a brokerage, bank or other institutional account, the 16-digit voting control number can be found on the voting instruction form, Notice of Internet Availability of proxy materials or email, as applicable, provided with GE’s previously distributed proxy materials.  Shareholders who hold GE shares through a brokerage, bank or other institutional account with questions on how to obtain a control number to participate in the Annual Meeting should contact the financial institution where their shares are held.
  • For shareholders who hold GE shares directly with GE, through the GE Retirement Savings Plan (401(k)), or through another company-administered plan (e.g., GE Shares) a 16-digit control number must be requested in advance, and the request must be received by no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT to allow adequate time for processing.  Shareholders requesting a control number should follow the advance registration instructions that appear on the top portion of their proxy card or that were received from their plan administrator, which was included in the previously distributed proxy materials.  To allow timely delivery of control numbers, shareholders are asked to provide a valid email address with their request.

Shareholders who hold GE shares directly with GE, through the GE Retirement Savings Plan (401(k)), or another company-administered plan with questions about obtaining a control number can call the following numbers:

  • Within the US, call GE Shareowner Services 800.786.2543 (800.STOCK.GE)
  • Outside the US, call GE Shareowner Services 651.450.4064
  • Online check-in will be available approximately 15 minutes before the meeting starts.  All participants should reference the meeting rules of conduct, which will be posted on the site.

How You Can Change Your Vote

You may change your vote by revoking your proxy at any time before it is exercised, which can be done by voting online at the meeting, by delivering a new proxy, or by notifying the inspector of election in writing. If your GE shares are held for you in a brokerage, bank or other institutional account, you must contact that institution to revoke a previously authorized proxy. The address for the inspector of election is First Coast Results, Inc., 200 Business Park Circle, Suite 112, Saint Augustine, FL 32095.

We Have a Confidential Voting Policy

Individual votes of shareholders are kept private, except as necessary to meet legal requirements. Only the independent inspector and certain employees of GE and its agents have access to proxies and other individual shareholder voting records, and they must acknowledge in writing their responsibility to comply with this confidentiality policy.

Voting Standards and Board Recommendations

 

 

WE HAVE A MAJORITY VOTING STANDARD FOR DIRECTOR ELECTIONS. Each director nominee who receives a majority of the votes cast will be elected. Any current director who does not meet this standard is subject to the Board’s policy regarding resignations by directors who do not receive a majority of “For” votes, which is described in the Board’s Governance Principles (see Helpful Resources). All other matters are approved if supported by a majority of votes cast.

 

How Proxies Will Be Voted

PROXIES WILL BE VOTED AS YOU SPECIFY OR, IF YOU DON’T SPECIFY, AS RECOMMENDED BY THE BOARD. The shares represented by all valid proxies that are received on time will be voted as specified. When a valid proxy form is received and it does not indicate specific choices, the shares represented by that proxy will be voted in accordance with the Board’s recommendations.

WHAT HAPPENS IF OTHER MATTERS ARE PROPERLY PRESENTED AT THE MEETING. If any matter not described in this proxy statement is properly presented for a vote at the meeting, the persons named on the proxy will vote in accordance with their judgment.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A DIRECTOR NOMINEE IS UNABLE TO SERVE. We do not know of any reason why any nominee would be unable to serve as a director. If any nominee is unable to serve, the Board can either nominate a different individual or reduce the Board’s size, down to ten directors. If it nominates a different individual, the shares represented by all valid proxies will be voted for that nominee.

 

Important Voting Information for Beneficial Owners

If your GE shares are held for you in a brokerage, bank or other institutional account, you are considered the beneficial owner of those shares, but not the record holder. This means that you vote by providing instructions to your broker rather than directly to the company. Unless you provide specific voting instructions, your broker is not permitted to vote your shares on your behalf, except on the proposal to ratify KPMG. For your vote on any other matters to be counted, you will need to communicate your voting decisions to your broker, bank or other institution before the date of the annual meeting using the voting instruction form that the institution provides to you. If you would like to vote your shares at the meeting, you must obtain a proxy from your financial institution and bring it with you to hand in with your ballot.

 

Important Voting Information for GE Retirement Savings Plan Participants

If you are a RSP participant, the trustee of the RSP trust will vote the shares allocable to your RSP account as of March 6, 2020 as you instruct (you should consider this date the “record date” for purposes of the shares allocable to your RSP account). You may give instructions via telephone or the Internet or by mailing the proxy form. If your valid proxy form is received by May 1, 2020 and it does not specify a choice, the trustee will vote the shares as the Board recommends. If your proxy form is not received by May 1, 2020 and you did not submit a vote via telephone or the Internet by that date, shares allocable to your RSP account will not be voted. You may revoke a previously delivered proxy by either notifying the inspector of election in writing that you wish to revoke or by delivering a subsequent proxy by May 1, 2020. The address for the inspector of election is First Coast Results, Inc., 200 Business Park Circle, Suite 112, Saint Augustine, FL 32095. For more information about the voting process, you can call the GE RSP Service Center at 1-877-55-GERSP (1-877-554-3777).

 

How You Can Obtain More Information

If you have any questions about the proxy voting process, please contact the broker, bank or other institution where you hold your shares. The SEC also has a website (see Helpful Resources) with more information about your rights as a shareholder. Additionally, you may contact our Investor Relations team by following the instructions on our Investor Relations website (see Investor Relations).

Attending the Meeting

GE to Hold Virtual 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders

On April 14, 2020, GE announced that to protect the health and safety of its shareholders, employees, directors and communities amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, GE will hold its 2020 Annual Meeting of Shareholders in an online (virtual) format. The meeting will be held online only and will begin at 10:00 AM EDT on May 5, 2020, as previously scheduled. Read the full release here.

 

Date:  May 5, 2020

Location: The meeting can be accessed via the internet at http://www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/GE2020

Time:  10:00 a.m., Eastern Time

 

How You Can Obtain Online Entry to the Annual Meeting

To be admitted to the virtual meeting with the ability to vote and ask questions, shareholders must enter their unique 16-digit voting control number upon logging into the meeting website.  Eligible shareholders can obtain a control number as described below.  

  • For shareholders who hold GE shares through a brokerage, bank or other institutional account,the 16-digit voting control number can be found on the voting instruction form, Notice of Internet Availability of proxy materials or email, as applicable, provided with GE’s previously distributed proxy materials.  Shareholders who hold GE shares through a brokerage, bank or other institutional account with questions on how to obtain a control number to participate in the Annual Meeting should contact the financial institution where their shares are held.
  • For shareholders who hold GE shares directly with GE, through the GE Retirement Savings Plan (401(k)), or through another company-administered plan (e.g., GE Shares), a 16-digit control number must be requested in advance, and the request must be received by no later than Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM EDT to allow adequate time for processing.  Shareholders requesting a control number should follow the advance registration instructions that appear on the top portion of their proxy card or that were received from their plan administrator, which was included in the previously distributed proxy materials.  To allow timely delivery of control numbers, shareholders are asked to provide a valid email address with their request.

Shareholders who hold GE shares directly with GE, through the GE Retirement Savings Plan (401(k)), or another company-administered plan with questions about obtaining a control number can call the following numbers:

  • Within the US, call GE Shareowner Services 800.786.2543 (800.STOCK.GE)
  • Outside the US, call GE Shareowner Services 651.450.4064

 

Online check-in will be available approximately 15 minutes before the meeting starts.  All participants should reference the meeting rules of conduct, which will be posted on the site.

As with our past in-person annual meetings, we are making the virtual meeting available to the public to view live and will include closed captioning. Anyone wishing to do so may go to http://www.virtualshareholdermeeting.com/GE2020 and enter as a guest.

 

HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT ADMISSION TO THE ANNUAL MEETING?

      Visit our Investor Relations website (See "Helpful Resources" on page 65 of the proxy )

        Within the US, call GE Shareowner Services 800.786.2543 (800.STOCK.GE)

        Outside the US, call GE Shareowner Services 651.450.4064

 

How you can ask a question for the meeting

Questions during the shareholder meeting: Shareholders as of the record date who attend and participate in the virtual Annual Meeting using their control number (as described above) will have an opportunity to submit questions online during the meeting, beginning shortly after it starts through the meeting website.

Questions in advance of the shareholder meeting: Shareholders as of the record date may also submit questions in advance using one of the two methods below:

Shareholders who hold GE shares through a brokerage, bank or financial institution may submit a question in advance at www.proxyvote.com, after logging in with the 16-digit control number found next to the label for postal mail recipients or within the email you received with your Proxy Statement materials.

Shareholders who hold GE shares directly registered with GE, through the GE Retirement Savings Plan (401(k)), or through another company-administered plan (e.g., GE Shares) may submit a question in advance by email to AnnualMeeting.Questions@ge.com (shareholders are asked to include the full name of the account holder so we can confirm your status as a shareholder).

We will try to answer as many shareholder-submitted questions that comply with the posted rules of conduct as time permits (whether submitted prior to or during the portion of the meeting when questions may be submitted). If we receive substantially similar questions, we will group such questions together and provide a single response to avoid repetition.

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