Bill George is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004, and is the former Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic.
He joined Medtronic in 1989 as President and Chief Operating Officer, was Chief Executive Officer from 1991-2001, and Chairman of the Board from 1996 to 2002. Earlier in his career, he was an executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense. Mr. George currently serves as a director of Goldman Sachs, Mayo Clinic, and also recently served on the board of ExxonMobil, Novartis, and Target.
He is the author of best-selling books: "Authentic Leadership", "Discover Your True North," "The Discover Your True North FieldBook", and "7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis." Professor George is former faculty chair of HBS's executive education program Authentic Leadership Development and co-chair of Leading Global Enterprises.
In April 2014, the Franklin Institute awarded Bill the 2014 Bower Award for Business Leadership. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012. He has been named one of "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS; "Executive of the Year-2001" by the Academy of Management; and "Director of the Year-2001-02" by the National Association of Corporate Directors. Mr. George has made frequent appearances on television and radio and his articles have appeared in Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Harvard Business Review, and numerous publications.
Mr. George received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar. He has received honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Mayo Medical School, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College, and Bryant University. During 2002-03 he was professor at IMD International and Ecole Polytechnique in Lausanne, Switzerland, and executive-in-residence at Yale School of Management in 2003.
He and his wife Penny reside in Minneapolis,Minnesota.
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