Bill George is former chairman
and chief executive of Medtronic, Inc., the world's leading
medical technology company, with a mission to Restore People
to Full Health. George joined Medtronic in 1989 as president
and chief operating officer and was chief executive officer
from 1991 until 2001. He was a member of the Medtronic board
from 1989 to 2002, serving as its chair from 1996 to 2002.
George was selected as "Director of the Year –
2001-02" by the National Association of Corporate Directors,
"Executive of the Year – 2001" by the Academy
of Management, and "Legend in Leadership 2002" by
Bill currently serves on the board
of directors of Goldman Sachs, Novartis, and Target Corporation.
He has been a member of ten corporate boards and two dozen
not-for-profit boards, including the board of Harvard Business
School, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Carnegie Endowment.
He has served as chair of the boards of Allina Health System,
Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, United Way of Greater Twin Cities,
Health Industry Manufacturers Association, Food and Drug Law
Institute, and Minnesota Thunder Pro Soccer.
During the corporate governance
crisis in 2002, Bill's articles have been published in Harvard
Business Review, Corporate Boards, Directors and Boards, and
Corporate Director. He has appeared on PBS' "NewsHour
with Jim Lehrer," NPR's "All Things Considered"
and "Talk of the Nation," and has been frequently
quoted in Business Week, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, and
New York Times. Bill authored Authentic
Leadership, and important work on the ethics of business
leadership, which will serve as a basis for leadership development
of board members and managers at Fitness Forward. He currently
teaches a required course at Harvard Business School on responsible
Bill established the George Family
Foundation in 1994; it's efforts are concentrated in two primary
areas of interest: whole life healing and youth development.
Bill and his wife Penny are involved in the foundation along
with their two sons, Jeff and Jon. Jon
is also a scientific advisor on stress management and meditation
for Fitness Forward.
Bill has worked as a volunteer
with youth in many capacities in his hometown Minneapolis
area, including as a soccer coach for a number of years. Furthermore,
Authentic Leadership describes the importance of healthy lifestyles,
and the value of mentoring, service, youth engagement and
mission-oriented social entrepreneurism. Bill's mentorship
and desire to improve the health of children and future generations
will greatly facilitate Fitness Forward's ability to instill
healthy lifestyles amongst youth.