Bill George is a professor of management practice at Harvard Business School, where he has taught leadership since 2004.
He is the author of 4 best-selling books—his latest is titled True North Groups: A Powerful Path to Personal and Leadership Development.
Bill is the former chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic. Earlier in his career, he was an executive with Honeywell and Litton Industries and served in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Bill currently serves as a director of ExxonMobil and Goldman Sachs, and also recently served on the board of Novartis and Target Corporation.
Bill received his BSIE with high honors from Georgia Tech, his MBA with high distinction from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar, and honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech and Bryant University.
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, where his wife runs their family foundation and is deeply involved in integrative medicine.
They have two sons: one who lives in Munich, Germany with his wife and daughter; the other who lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.