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William W. George

Born: 14-Sep-1942
Birthplace: Muskegon, MI

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Business

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: CEO of Medtronic, 1991-2001

Wife: Penny George (psychologist, two sons)
Son: Jeff George (b. 1973)
Son: Jonathan George (physician, b. 1976)

    University: BS Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology (1964)
    University: MBA, Harvard Business School (1966)
    Administrator: Board of Directors, Macalester College (1987-93)
    Scholar: Executive in Residence, Yale University (2003-04)
    Professor: Management Practice, Harvard Business School (2004-)

    Medtronic CEO (1991-2001)
    Medtronic President and COO (1989-2001)
    Honeywell President, Space & Aviation Systems (1988-89)
    Honeywell President, Industrial Automation (1987-88)
    Honeywell Executive Vice President, Control Systems (1983-86)
    Honeywell Honeywell Europe, Brussels (1980-83)
    Honeywell VP Corporate Development (1978-80)
    Litton Industries President, Litton Microwave Cooking (1973-78)
    Litton Industries EVP, Litton Microwave Cooking (1971-73)
    Litton Industries VP, Litton Microwave Cooking (1970-71)
    Litton Industries Director of Strategic Planning (1969-70)
    Navy Department Special Assistant to Secretary of Navy (1968-69)
    US Defense Department Assistant to Assistant Secretary of Defense (1966-68)
    Member of the Board of Exxon Mobil (2005-)
    Member of the Board of Goldman Sachs (2002-)
    Goldner Hawn Johnson & Morrison Strategic Advisory Board
    Member of the Board of Honeywell Bull (1980-83)
    Member of the Board of Imation (1996-2002)
    Member of the Board of Medtronic (as Chairman, 1996-2002)
    Member of the Board of Novartis (1999-)
    Member of the Board of Northwestern National Bank of Minneapolis (1977-79)
    Member of the Board of Target (1994-2005)
    Member of the Board of Toro (1988-94)
    Member of the Board of Valspar (1984-98)
    Abbott Northwestern Hospital Board of Directors (1984-96, as Chairman 1991-93)
    Advanced Medical Technology Association
    Allina Health System Board of Directors (1994-2002, as Chairman 1999-2001)
    American Red Cross Board of Governors (2000-03)
    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Trustee (2000-)
    Democratic National Committee
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    Dole-Kemp '96
    Food and Drug Law Institute Chairman (1996-97)
    George W. Bush for President
    Guthrie Theatre President (1979-80), Board of Directors (1986-89)
    Health Industry Manufacturers Association Board of Directors (1993-1999, as Chairman 1997-98)
    Hillary Clinton for President
    McCain for Senate '98
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts Board of Directors (1994-2004, as Vice Chair 1995-2000)
    Minnesota Business Partnership Health Policy Chair (1999-2001)
    National Association of Corporate Directors Board of Directors (2003-05)
    Obama for America
    Romney for President
    Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society President
    Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
    Sigma Chi Fraternity Trustee (1969-75)
    Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
    United Way Chair, Minneapolis (2000-01)
    United Way Chair, Greater Twin Cities (2001-02)
    World Economic Forum (2006-)
    Harvard Business Review

Author of books:
Authentic Leadership (2003)
True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership (2007)
Finding Your True North: A Personal Guide (2008)
7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis (2009)


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