Bill George is Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School where he teaches leadership. He was CEO of Medtronic from 1991 until 2001 and Chairman from 1996 to 2002. Under his leadership, Medtronic's market capitalization grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion, averaging 35% a year. He serves on the Board of Directors of ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs and previously, served in a similar capacity with Novartis and Target Corporation.
He is the author of three best-selling books: True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership, Finding Your True North: A Personal Guide, and Authentic Leadership: Rediscovering the Secrets of Creating Lasting Value.
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.