William A. Hawkins III E'76

Bill Hawkins

Mr. Hawkins is the Former  Chairman and CEO of Medtronic and is currently advising Private Equity and Venture Capital groups as well as serving on multiple for profit and non for profit boards. He was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering and is an AIMBE Fellow.

 Mr. Hawkins served as Chairman and CEO of Medtronic, one of the worlds' largest and most innovative medical technology companies until his retirement in 2011. Mr. Hawkins assumed the role of CEO in 2007 and became Chairman of the Board in 2008. He joined Medtronic in 2002 as SVP and President of Medtronic Vascular. He served in that role until June 2004. From 2004 until August 2007 he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Medtronic. Following Medtronic, Mr. Hawkins joined TPG a large Private Equity group and subsequently became the President and CEO of one of their portfolio companies, Immucor a leader in the field of transfusion and Transplant diagnostics.  In 2015 he moved into the position of lead director and stepped down from the CEO position to pursue multiple Board positions.

Prior to Medtronic, Mr. Hawkins served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Novoste Corp. Nasdaq (NOVT) and 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.

Mr. Hawkins is a Senior Advisor to EW Healthcare Partners a growth equity investor focused exclusively in the Life Sciences. He serves as a Director of Avanos Health NYSE: AVNS and Biogen Inc NYSE: BIIB.  He is also Chairman of the Board of Bioventus and 4-Tech a cardiology startup in Ireland. He is Lead Director at Immucor and serves on the Board of Cereius, Tissue Tech, Virtue Labs, AskBio and Baebies. Mr. Hawkins is the Past Chairman and co-Founder of the Medical Device Innovation Consortium ("MDIC"), and past-president of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering ("AMIBE"). He recently joined the board of the Focused Ultrasound Society and NC Biotech.

Mr. Hawkins also serves as a Member of the Advisory Boards at Arboretum Ventures, HealthQuest Ventures and Hatteras Ventures.

Mr. Hawkins was elected to the Duke University Board of Trustees in 2011 and currently serves on the Executive Committee as the Vice Chair of the Board. He is on the Audit and Compliance Committee. Mr. Hawkins is also Chair of the Board of the Duke University Health System.

July 2019