Omar Ishrak, Ph.D.

Chairman & CEO
Medtronic plc

Omar Ishrak has served as chairman and chief executive officer of Medtronic since June 2011. Medtronic is the world’s leading medical technology company, with more than $27 billion in annual revenue and operations reaching more than 160 countries worldwide. Medtronic offers technologies, solutions and therapies to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including cardiac and vascular diseases, respiratory, neurological and spinal conditions, diabetes, and more. The Medtronic mission is to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life for millions of people around the world.

Since joining Medtronic, Ishrak has focused the company on three core strategies of therapy innovation, economic value and globalization. These three strategies form the basis for Medtronic’s efforts to partner with its customers to drive high quality patient outcomes, expand patient access to healthcare and lower costs in healthcare systems around the world. In 2014, Ishrak engineered the acquisition of Covidien, a $10 billion global manufacturer of surgical products and supplies. The acquisition of Covidien was the largest medical technology acquisition in the history of the industry.

Ishrak joined Medtronic from General Electric Company, where he spent 16 years, most recently as president and CEO of GE Healthcare Systems, a $12 billion division of GE Healthcare, with a broad portfolio of diagnostic, imaging, patient monitoring and life support systems. Ishrak also served as an officer and a senior vice president of GE.

Earlier in his career, Ishrak amassed 13 years of technology development and business management experience, holding leadership positions at Diasonics/Vingmed, and various product development and engineering positions at Philips Ultrasound.

He grew up in Bangladesh, and earned a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of London, King's College.

Ishrak is a member of the board of trustees of the Asia Society, the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context.