Covidien's medical devices division president on reviving the company after its spinout from Tyco Healthcare and how it turned around in a down economy.
José Almeida knows what it takes to succeed. The native of Brazil, a mechanical engineer by training, put down roots in the U.S. 20 years ago and never looked back.
Since then he's worked his way up the corporate ladder at firms including Acufex Microsurgical, Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), Greatbatch Technologies and Tyco Healthcare. When the latter spun out into Covidien in late June, 2007, Almeida had been in his current role for a year already after spending the better part of 12 years with the company.