GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
1998 EXECUTIVE OFFICER DEFERRED SALARY PLAN
To maximize the ability of General Electric Company ('Company') to obtain a
federal tax deduction for compensation to be paid to its Executive Officers in
1998, each Executive Officer of the Company who is expected to be paid more than
$1 million in base salary compensation in 1998 shall be eligible to participate
in this Plan.
II. DEFERRAL OF SALARY
1. Each Executive Officer eligible to participate in this Plan
('Participant') shall be given an opportunity to irrevocably elect,
prior to any deferral hereunder:
(a) the portion (minimum of 10%, maximum of 100%) of the
Participant's 1998 base salary to be deferred, and
(b) the form of payout alternative as set forth in Section V.
2. Commencing with base salary earned for January 1998, the Participant's
total base salary elected to be deferred under this Plan will be
deferred in ratable installments through the month of December 1998,
and will be credited to the Participant's deferred salary cash account
('Deferred Account') as of the end of the month of deferral ('Deferral
III. SPECIAL ONE-TIME MATCHING MAKE-UP CREDIT
As of December 31, 1998, a special one-time credit shall be made to the
Deferred Account of each Participant who is actively employed by the Company on
such date to make up for the matching Company payment that would otherwise have
been available under the Company's Savings and Security Program. The amount of
such credit shall equal 3.5% of the total 1998 base salary deferred under this
Plan by the Participant (excluding interest). Such credit shall not be provided
for any Participant who has terminated employment with the Company for any
reason prior to December 31, 1998, or is not actively employed on such date.
IV. MANNER OF ACCOUNTING
1. Each Deferred Account shall be unfunded, unsecured and nonassignable,
and shall not be a trust for the benefit of any Participant.
2. Except as may be otherwise provided in Section V or VIII, the
Participant's Deferred Account will be credited with (a) the amount of
base salary deferred on each Deferral Date as set forth in Section II.
2., (b) the special one-time matching make-up credit as set forth in
Section III, and (c) interest at the annual rate of 12% compounded
annually on each December 31.
V. PAYMENT OF DEFERRED ACCOUNT
1. Payment of a Participant's Deferred Account will be made only after
termination of employment of the Participant.
2. If no manner of payment election is made, the Deferred Account will be
paid in 10 annual installments commencing on March 1 (or as soon
thereafter as practicable) following the year of termination of
3. At the time of election to defer base salary, a Participant may
irrevocably elect: (a) the number of annual payout installments
(minimum of 10, maximum of 20) of the Deferred Account commencing on
March 1 (or as soon thereafter as practicable) following the year of
termination of employment, unless (b) a lump sum payment of the
Deferred Account is elected in which case the lump sum payment will be
made on March 1 (or as soon thereafter as practical) following the
year of termination of employment.
4. Participants who terminate their employment on or after December 31,
1998 because of retirement, death or disability, or Participants who
terminate their employment on or after December 31, 2002 for any
reason, will receive payouts based on Deferred Account accumulations
at the 12% interest rate. Payments will be made pursuant to Section
V.2 or V.3 above beginning on March 1 (or as soon thereafter as
practical) following the year of termination of employment.
5. Unless waived by the Management Development and Compensation Committee
of the Board of Directors ('MDCC'), if the Participant terminates
employment prior to December 31, 1998 for any reason, or prior to
December 31, 2002 for any reason other than retirement, death, or
disability, the Participant's Deferred Account will be paid in a lump
sum as soon as practical following the date of termination, along with
simple interest credited at an annual rate of 3% rather than the rate
specified in Section IV.
VI. DEATH BENEFITS
In the event of a Participant's death prior to receiving any or all
payments to which the Participant is entitled, the remaining Deferred Account
shall be paid at the time and in the manner provided in Section V to the
beneficiary or beneficiaries designated by the Participant on a beneficiary
designation form properly file by the Participant with the Company in accordance
with established administrative procedures. If no such designated beneficiary
survives the Participant, such remaining benefits shall be paid as set forth
above to the Participant's estate.
VII. ADMINISTRATION AND INTERPRETATION
This Plan shall be administered by the MDCC, which shall have full power
and authority on behalf of the Company to administer and interpret the Plan in
its sole discretion. All MDCC decisions with respect to the administration and
interpretation of the Plan shall be final and binding upon all persons.
VIII. AMENDMENT OF THE PLAN
This Plan may be amended, suspended or terminated at any time by the
MDCC. In addition, the MDCC may alter or amend the payout schedule of any or all
of the accrued benefits of a Participant at any time.
IX. EFFECTIVE DATE
The effective date of this Plan shall be January 1, 1998.