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William W. George

Director Since: December 2002

Goldman Sachs Committees: Public Responsibilities (Chair), Compensation, Governance
Other Current Public Company Directorships: Exxon Mobil Corporation
Other Public Company Directorships within past 5 years: None

Key Experience and Qualifications

  • Focus on reputation and environmental, social and governance matters: Utilizes current and prior service on the boards of directors and board committees of several other public companies and not-for-profit entities, particularly as Chair of our Public Responsibilities Committee
  • Leadership: Served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Medtronic, Inc. and as a senior executive at Honeywell International Inc. 
  • Organizational behavior and management: A senior fellow, former professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and author of books on leadership, which provides academic expertise in business management and corporate governance

Career Highlights

  • Harvard Business School
    • Senior Fellow (July 2014 – present)
    • Professor of Management Practice (January 2004 – July 2014)
  • 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)

Other Professional Experience and Community Involvement

  • Board member, World Economic Forum USA
  • Trustee, Mayo Clinic
  • Director, Destination Medical Center Corporation
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering