William W. George

Director Since: December 2002

Committees: Chair, Public Responsibilities Committee; member of Compensation and Corporate Governance and Nominating Committees
Other Current Public Company Directorships: Exxon Mobil Corporation
Other Public Company Directorships within past 5 years: Novartis AG

Career Highlights

  • Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School (January 2004 – Present)

  • Medtronic, Inc., a medical technology company
    • Chairman (April 1996 – April 2002)
    • Chief Executive Officer (May 1991 – May 2001)
    • President and Chief Operating Officer (1989 – 1991)
  • Executive Vice President, Honeywell International Inc., a diversified technology and manufacturing company (1978 – 1989)

  • President, Litton Microwave Cooking; Vice President, Litton Industries, a diversified manufacturing company (1969 – 1978)

Other Professional Experience and Community Involvement

  • Board member, World Economic Forum USA

  • Board member, Guthrie Theater

  • Trustee, Mayo Clinic

  • Director, Destination Medical Center Corporation

  • Member, National Academy of Engineering

Experience and Qualifications

A professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and author of books on leadership, Mr. George brings academic expertise in business management and corporate governance to our Board, along with significant practical experience in management, technology and governance developed during his career as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Medtronic, Inc. and as a senior executive at Honeywell International Inc. and Litton Industries. Mr. George’s current and prior service on the boards of directors and board committees of several other public companies and not-for-profit entities has given him additional perspective on management and corporate governance, which he draws upon as chair of our Public Responsibilities Committee.