5 things to know about Medtronic CEO Omar Ishrak

Written by Mackenzie Garrity | February 23, 2018 | Print  |

Medtronic welcomed Omar Ishrak as chairman and CEO in June 2011. 

"Omar is one of the sharpest, most inspiring CEOs in the world. I've followed him from his earlier days at GE. He is a great CEO," said Scott Becker, publisher of Becker's Healthcare. 


Here are five things to know about Mr. Ishrak:


1. As CEO, Mr. Ishrak lead the acquisition of Covidien, a $10 billion global manufacturer of surgical product supplies. This was the largest medical technology acquisition in history in the industry.


2. Mr. Ishrak is also on the board of directors of Intel and a member of the board of trustees for the Asia Society. He is a member of the Minnesota Public Radio board of trustees.


3. As co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Health and Healthcare Community, Mr. Ishrak promotes health behavior, better management and global access to care.


4. Prior to joining Medtronic, Mr. Ishrak served as president and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems. He also spent time serving as officer and a senior vice president at GE.


5. Mr. Ishrak began building technology development and business management experience at Philips Ultrasound. He went on to hold leadership positions Diasonics/Vingmed.


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