Charles (Chip) Blankenship
Charles (Chip) Blankenship is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Appliances & Lighting, an $8 billion operating unit comprised of GE Appliances, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., and GE Lighting, headquartered in East Cleveland, Ohio. Together, the businesses employ more than 27,000 people around the world who invent, build and deliver innovative, energy-efficient appliances and lighting products that improve people’s lives.
Blankenship began his career with GE in 1992 after earning a B.S. degree in Materials Engineering from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia. His first position was that of Staff Scientist at GE’s Corporate Research and Development facility in Schenectady, N.Y. His technical work resulted in 23 papers published in refereed journals and eight U.S. and European patents. As a program manager, he led a team of scientists and engineers developing alloys and processes for aircraft engine, land-based gas turbine, lighting systems, medical systems and diesel engine applications.
Blankenship joined GE Aviation’s Commercial Engines Operation in 1996 as the leader of the CF6 Airline Support Engineering team. He was later appointed Manager of Embraer CF34 programs, and subsequently General Manager of GE Aviation’s Small Commercial Engine Operation. In 2006 he was named General Manager for Aero Energy, a division of GE Energy in Houston, Texas, that supplies aeroderivative gas turbines and packaged generator sets for industrial and marine applications. He returned to GE Aviation in 2008 as VP of the Commercial Engines Operation, a $5 billion business and the world’s leading producer of large and small jet engines for commercial aircraft. He was named President and CEO of GE Appliances on January 1, 2012 and assumed his current role on January 1, 2013.
He sits on the boards of KentuckyOne Health and the National Association of Manufacturing (NAM) and chairs NAM’s Task Force on Competitiveness & the Workforce.
Blankenship resides in Louisville, Ky., and is married with four children.
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