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Bill George

 


 

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 Yale University.

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 business leadership.

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.

 

 

 

 

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