William W. George

Director Since: December 2002

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

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 and former professor of leadership and management practice at Harvard Business School and an author of several books on leadership, which provide 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

  • Trustee, Mayo Clinic
  • Member, National Academy of Engineering


  • Graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard Business School