Duke University

William A. Hawkins III E'76

hawkinsBill Hawkins is a Senior Advisor for TPG Capital and President & CEO of Immucor, Inc., a private company, wholly owned by TPG. Immucor is a market leader in helping secure the world's blood supply through automation.

Prior to joining Immucor in 2011, Mr. Hawkins served as Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, one of the worlds' largest and most innovative medical technology companies. Mr. Hawkins assumed the role of CEO in 2007 and became Chairman of the Board in 2008. He joined Medtronic in 2002.

Mr. Hawkins joined Medtronic from Novoste Corp., where he had been President and Chief Executive Officer since 1998. He previously held senior leadership positions at American Home Products, Johnson & Johnson, Guidant Corp., and Eli Lilly & Co. He began his medical technology career with Carolina Medical Electronics in 1977.  

Mr. Hawkins received his bachelor's degree in electrical and biomedical engineering from Duke in 1976, where he also conducted medical research in pathology. He then went on to earn an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, in 1982. He was a member of Duke's Pratt Engineering School Board of Visitors in 2002-2011, serving as chair in 2009-2011, and was appointed as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at the Pratt School in the fall of 2011. In 2012, he was appointed to the Duke University Health System board and currently serves on the Audit and Compliance Committee.  

Mr. Hawkins is the Chairman of the newly founded Medical Device Innovation Consortium ("MDIC"), and was recently elected as the 2013 President of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering ("AMIBE"). He serves as a Director on the Board of AdvaMedDX, is the Chairman of the Board for KeraNetics, and on the Board of Thoratec Corporation, a NYSE-listed medical device company. 

Mr. Hawkins also serves as a Member of the Advisory Boards at nContact Surgical, Arboretum Ventures, Radius Ventures, LLC, Accuitive Medical Ventures,  A*STAR SERC Cluster Advisory Board in Singapore, and the Biomedical Sciences International Advisory Council, Singapore ("BMS IAC").

Mr. Hawkins and his wife, Sharon Hawkins, have three children:  Elizabeth T'09; Julia T'12; and Will T'14.

Mr. Hawkins became a member of the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2011 and serves as vice chair of the Business and Finance Committee and member of the Medical Center Academic Affairs Committee.   

August 2014