For nearly a quarter of a century, William “Bill” Hawkins sat in the corner office of medtech companies of all sizes, before stepping down from Immucor last year to become the Atlanta-based company’s lead director. Hawkins is best known for his 4 years as CEO of Medtronic, where he served in the corner office from […]
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Former Medtronic CEO Bill Hawkins at MassDevice
In October 2007 Bill Hawkins was only three months into his tenure as CEO of the world’s largest pure-play medical device maker when he faced the toughest choice of his career – cancel shipment on the company’s top product, the Sprint Fidelis pacemaker lead, already implanted in some 268,000 patients – or stand pat and keep the potentially lethal products on the market.
They gave him a sword and he handed them the world.
When William Hawkins officially flipped the keys to Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT) over to successor Omar Ishrak, he offered a simple message and a gift. The message was clear – don’t lose sight of founder Earl Bakken’s mission to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life while “striving without reserve for the greatest possible reliability and quality.”