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Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities Completes a Compelling and Trumphant Adirondack Roundtable Series


August 4, 2014, Lake Placid, NY – – The Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities features Jay Ireland, President and CEO of GE Africa to speak about harnessing resources and expertise for development in Africa., on Saturday August 9. reakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m., followed by a 9:00 a.m. presentation in the Mountain View Room of the Visitors Bureau and Conference Center, on Main Street in Lake Placid. Tickets are $30 in advance at, 518-523-1312, and will also be sold for $35 at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Institute’s programs, and a percentage of contributions are tax-deductible. Mr. Ireland will have just returned from participating in the first-ever U.S. participating in the first U.S. Africa Summit, the largest event any U.S. President has held with African heads of state and government.


Since his appointment as CEO in 2011, Jay Ireland has overseen the growth of GE Africa to a footprint of over 1,800 employees and revenues of over $2.4 billion with businesses across aviation, power generation, oil & gas, healthcare and rail transportation. Under his leadership, GE Africa has received various awards which include the PPP Champion of the Year 2013; Employer and Human Capital Investor 2012 and 2013 from the Africa Investor and the ‘International Corporation of the Year’ Award at the 2014 Africa CEO Forum. In 2012 and 2013, Jay received the International Business Leader of the Year Award from Africa Investor. Prior to this role, Jay led GE Asset Management, a global investment firm with about US$120 billion in assets under management, including portfolios for global institutional investors around the world as well those of GE’s US employee pension and benefits plans. “We are thrilled for Jay to educate us on the growth and development of Africa“, said Charles Noth, Chairman of the Institute. “We are honored to be a platform for Jay to share GE’s innovation with the Lake Placid community.”


From 1999 to 2007, Jay was President of NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations, where he was responsible for NBCU’s 10 television stations and the Telemundo network’s 16 Spanish language stations After three years as an U.S. Army Officer, Jay started his career with GE in 1980 in the Financial Management Program. He became a member of the Corporate Audit Staff, and in 1988 joined GE Plastics where he held several financial and product management assignments. Jay is also the Vice Chairman of The Corporate Council of Africa, a member of the board of directors of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, and a Trustee of St. Lawrence University.


“I am very pleased to be speaking here in Lake Placid,” said Jay Ireland. “GE has been in Africa for 110 years. We believe that by helping solve Africa’s infrastructure issues with our technologies and solutions and investing in education, manufacturing facilities and, most importantly, our African colleagues; we will see a prosperous next 110 years.” Mr. Ireland was a featured speaker in April at the inaugural Opportunities for Development in Africa Summit at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and recently returned from a trip with President Obama to launch the Power Africa White House energy initiative. Mr. Ireland is a seasonal resident of Lake Placid.




The Lake Placid Institute for the Arts & Humanities (LPI) is committed to fostering opportunities for learning, sharing, and celebrating the Adirondacks’ rich creative heritage through high quality, innovative educational and cultural programs. The Institute is also a platform for world-class artists, leaders, and thought leaders to present their work and share their ideas, while also providing residents, visitors, and students of all ages with the opportunity for cultural and intellectual enrichment. Programs include the Adirondack Roundtable, the Great Adirondack Poetry Contest, the Chamber Music Seminar, a 24 Hour photo contest, and an annual trip to the Broadway theatre in Manhattan. The institute partners with regional and national arts organizations, and is always open to new ideas and partnerships for presenting impactful programming to the area.