As Chief Information Officer, Mike oversees the Global IT function and provides strategic IT leadership for the company.
Mike has spent the last 15 years of his career at Medtronic and is respected across the organization for his pragmatic leadership and vision. Under his leadership, the company has been successful in implementing a global IT organization, including enterprise-wide systems such as SAP. Before being named CIO in 2008, Mike held positions as international information technology director and vice president for enterprise applications.
During his tenure as CIO, Medtronic has received many industry awards and honors, including Computerworld Top 100 Best Places to Work in IT, InformationWeek 500, and PilotHouse Best Overall IT Innovator. Mike was named a Top 10 CIO Breakaway Leader by the CIO Leadership Network in 2014 and 2010. He is also a champion for STEM-related education opportunities, partnering with Genesys Works to provide IT internships for underprivileged high school students.
Prior to joining Medtronic, Mike held IT leadership positions at Prime Computers, British Aerospace, Shell Oil, and Eastman Kodak. He also served as a technical communications specialist in the British Army.
Mike has a degree in computer science and an MBA from Oxford Brookes University Oxford England.
Medtronic is the global leader in medical technology. We were built on the practical application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). That same knowledge is also the foundation of my world in information technology, as Medtronic’s chief information officer.
The application of STEM knowledge has evolved over the years. Engineers who may have gotten their start designing hardware, gadgets or circuits are now tackling issues of a global nature, like transportation planning, addressing global warming, or creating life-saving medical devices.
As companies grow and change, so, too must the role of CIO. Today, technology leaders must truly provide leadership to a company in the broad and complex use of technology. With digital technologies now integrated into just about every aspect of a business, we must find business-savvy candidates able to take on highly technical roles. But this is a real challenge, because STEM education and literacy continues to be at low levels in the United States and beyond.
CIOs can help pave the way for more young people to enter STEM-related careers. At Medtronic, we work with a local organization to hire underprivileged high school students as interns in our Global IT department. The students get hands-on corporate experience, help solve real problems, and see firsthand what a career in a STEM-related field is like. The benefits to Medtronic are significant, too – students report to their internships with enthusiasm and a hunger to learn. They bring a fresh perspective as digital natives who never knew a world without the World Wide Web.
It’s no secret that there’s a shortage of women in IT. Look at these education trends reported by the National Center for Women in Technology: In 1985, 37 percent of computer science bachelor’s degree recipients were women. The number was down to 18 percent in 2013. A computer science degree isn’t the only path to a career in IT. Education in virtually any STEM-related field can be applied. At Medtronic, we have a Women in IT initiative focused on getting women into IT-related roles, and once they are there, developing as leaders in the company through formal mentoring and an annual summit.
Medtronic mission is to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life for patients around the world. Today, we are able to help millions of people with our therapies. With tomorrow’s STEM leaders, we will be able to help even more.
As a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, Medtronic improves the health and lives of millions of people each year. We believe our deep clinical, therapeutic and economic expertise can help address the complex challenges — such as rising costs, aging populations and the burden of chronic disease — faced by families and healthcare systems today. But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re committed to partnering in new ways and developing powerful solutions that deliver better patient outcomes.
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Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter and record producer, known as the lead vocalist and co-principal songwriter of the rock band Queen. He also became known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range.
“To Dream About Making A Song With Him Is Beyond My Capabilities.”
It’s the mark of a truly great friendship when you can disagree with each other and 5 minutes later have nothing but good things to say to each other. That’s exactly what happened in the case of legends Freddie Mercury of Queen and David Bowie, who prior to Mercury’s death in 1991 enjoyed a lengthy friendship dating back to 1972 that, as with any friendship, was marked with occasional periods of disagreement.
Despite having disagreements over fairly major things, such as David Bowie wanting his vocals from Queen’s “Cool Cat” removed the day before the album was due for release, Freddie never had an unkind word to share about his friend, coming to his defense immediately when an overzealous talk show host tried to pry a feud from Mercury where there wasn’t one.
There’s been nothing non-musical that I’ve been thinking about lately because we’ve been doing this film thing, the sound-track for it, and we’ve been trying to get the tour thing together because we’re coming over soon.
You know about the rainbow here? It’s sort of the place to play over here and when we played there we did a movie of the show and now we’re putting the pieces together. It’s going to be called “Queen Live At The Rainbow”
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