CAREERS: Where I Work - Jeff Demarrais, communications manager, GE

How long have you been in your job? 18 months

How long have you been in your job? 18 months

How long have you been in your job? 18 months

Describe the space you work in It's in a window office, overlooking a pine & hardwood forest. My office is decorated with a large NBC banner from the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, a Superman pinata, and screen shots from GE.com.

Do you socialize with colleagues? Yes. We frequent a local pub, go for dinner, and organize other group events from time to time. We also entertain reporters at events like the US Open and have black tie dinners. We have a good time.

How often do you see the boss? Every day. We have a very flat organization, so at any given time, I work closely with her.

Who is the craziest person you work with? That's probably a tie. Louise Binns, who is a Communications Manager from our Barcelona office, is a British national who keeps us in stitches with tales of her American neighbors and the whole expatriate experience. I'm the other loony.

What is the best thing about working there? A great team with a range of experiences.

And the worst thing? Every publicist's nightmare, clipping reports. We're pretty far along in providing electronic versions of the most important stories, but there's still that core group who want their hard copies.

What is the biggest thing to hit your office in the past year? Another tie: The Honeywell acquisition and announcing Jeff Immelt as Jack Welch's successor. We found out that we were in the hunt to acquire Honeywell at the same time the rest of the world did - on CNBC.But we were still able to keep it under wraps until we issued the press release that morning.

Sneak us a good piece of gossip from your office 1. That whole Jack-Welch-Jeff-Immelt-wearing-the-same-outfit scenario at the succession press conference? Not exactly as we planned it; 2. A reporter who went with us to a sporting event got a bit closer to the action than he intended. He was engaged in conversation (and not paying attention) when the ball flew off the court and nailed him in the sunglasses. Nothing broken, but by the end of the day he was sporting a nice shiner.



Corporate comm employees: 25

Senior manager: Beth Comstock, VP, corporate communications

Office address: GE Corporate Communications, 3135 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06431

Phone: (203) 373-2039

Web: www.ge.com.





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