Michael A. Neal is a vice chairman of General Electric Company. He is also the president and chairman of GE Capital and GE Capital Services. Neal was appointed to his current position in July 2008. Neal joined GE in 1979, working on the company's industrial side. In 1987 he was named vice president and general manager of GE Vendor Financial Services. Three years later, Neal became general manager of GE Commercial Equipment Financing (CEF). Under his leadership, CEF became the world's largest provider of financing for equipment of all types. Neal then served as vice president of GE Capital Executive from 1994 to 1999, a period of enormous growth for GE's financial services businesses. In 2000, he was named president and chief operating officer of GE Capital.