Medtronic has named Omar Ishrak to succeed William Hawkins as the company's chairman and chief executive officer, effective June 13. Hawkins, 57, previously announced plans to retire. Hawkins will consult for the Minneapolis-based medical-device maker through April 2012 after stepping down as CEO in June, a Medtronic spokesman said.
Medtronic names GE Healthcare exec new CEO
Ishrak, 55, joins Medtronic from GE Healthcare Systems, a division of GE Healthcare, where he was president and CEO. Ishrak joined GE Healthcare in 1995 and held several positions within the division. He also served as a GE Corp. senior vice president and as a member of the company's corporate executive council, according to a Medtronic news release announcing his appointment. He previously held positions with Philips Ultrasound, Diasonics and Elbit Ultrasound Group.
Also on Wednesday, GE Healthcare named Tom Gentile, vice president of the company's aviation services division, as president and CEO of its healthcare systems division. The company named Mike Swinford, the head of its North American division, as president and CEO of a newly created business that will oversee global service strategy.
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