William W. George

Senior Fellow

Bill George is Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership as a Professor of Management Practice since 2004. He is the former Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic and the author of four best-selling books:  Authentic Leadership; True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership; Finding Your True North; and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis.  His most recent book, True North Groups, was published in September 2011. Professor George is faculty chair of HBS’s executive education program Authentic Leadership Development and co-chair of Leading Global Enterprises.

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 ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, Mayo Clinic, and also recently served on the board of Novartis and Target.  He is a director of World Economic Forum USA, Minnesota’s Destination Medical Center Corporation, and the Guthrie Theater.  He is the former chair of Allina Health System, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of the Greater Twin Cities, and Advamed.

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 and is a member of National Academy of Engineering. 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.

In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Bower Award for Business Leadership by The Franklin Institute. He has been named one of the "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. 

He and his wife Penny split their time between Cambridge and Minnesota.

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William W. George In the News

 
06 Feb 2015
Washington Post
29 Jan 2015
CNBC: Squawk on the Street
26 Dec 2014
CNBC: Squawk Box
08 Dec 2014
CNBC: Squawk Box
07 Dec 2014
New York Times
04 Dec 2014
CNBC: Squawk Box
28 Oct 2014
CNBC: Squawk Box
06 Oct 2014
Bloomberg TV: Surveillance
23 Sep 2014
Nightly Business Report
27 Jun 2014
Bloomberg TV: Market Makers
21 May 2014
Bloomberg TV: Surveillance
20 Mar 2014
Bloomberg TV: Surveillance
04 Mar 2014
Bloomberg TV: Street Smart
04 Feb 2014
Wall Street Journal
04 Feb 2014
CNBC: Squawk on the Street
03 Feb 2014
Bloomberg Businessweek
10 Jan 2014
CNBC: Squawk Box
23 Dec 2013
Huffington Post
14 Nov 2013
Economist
06 Nov 2013
Huffington Post
15 Oct 2013
Huffington Post
01 Oct 2013
Bloomberg TV: Surveillance
11 Sep 2013
Sky Magazine
23 Aug 2013
CNBC: Power Lunch
12 Aug 2013
Nightly Business Report
05 Jul 2013
CNBC: Squawk on the Street
26 Jun 2013
HBS Working Knowledge
21 Jun 2013
Huffington Post
17 Jun 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek
07 May 2013
CNBC: Squawk on the Street
02 Apr 2013
CNBC: Squawk on the Street
20 Mar 2013
Bloomberg TV: Market Makers
21 Feb 2013
Bloomberg TV: Surveillance
21 Feb 2013
Bloomberg TV: Surveillance
18 Jan 2013
CNBC: Closing Bell
28 Nov 2012
New York Times
15 Nov 2012
Detroit News
26 Sep 2012
Wall Street Journal
01 Sep 2012
Bill George
21 Aug 2012
American Public Media: Marketplace
18 Aug 2012
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal