GE Healthcare announced it has chosen Chicago as its global headquarters, effective early 2016. This will enable the executive leadership to be closer to operations in Chicago and near an international transportation hub. Headquarters were previously located in the UK.
John Flannery, president and CEO of GE Healthcare, said, “We are excited to strengthen GE’s roots in Chicago, where we will continue our focus on being the leading provider of outcome-based solutions for the healthcare industry. Chicago has a rich industrial heritage, terrific international transportation and is close to leading healthcare and academic institutions.”
Rahm Emanuel, mayor of the City of Chicago, said, “GE Healthcare’s decision to relocate its global headquarters here is another example of Chicago’s growing strength in healthcare and innovation, and another vote of confidence in Chicago’s economic future. In relocating GE Healthcare sees several fundamental strengths in Chicago, from our talent to our transportation, that will help the build a great future and remain on the industry’s cutting-edge.”
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said, “The relocation of GE Healthcare’s global headquarters to Chicago is a tremendous win for the state of Illinois. GE Healthcare will help grow the economy in Illinois by investing in our communities and building Chicago’s reputation as a global business hub. GE Healthcare joins a preeminent life sciences industry in Illinois.”