Finance Manager, Neuromodulation
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
I got to know Medtronic in the 1990s when they were a client of mine at a major consulting firm. I was struck by the tenure of people; many had been at Medtronic 10 to 20 years. As a consultant, I didn't see that kind of loyalty at too many companies.
So after grad school, I pursued Medtronic and was hired into the Leadership Development Rotation Program, where you do two year-long rotations in a functional area. My first rotation was in Switzerland, at Medtronic's international headquarters. I led a cross-functional team of people who had been at Medtronic a long time and really knew their stuff. It was humbling, but very exciting. We redesigned the European pricing process, starting with a pilot in the U.K. Next, I moved to Minneapolis and spent a year in finance for the Cardiac Rhythm Disease Management business. I was part of a team negotiating with a drug company for a future product. Then I had to decide where I wanted to go in the company. I moved into a finance manager position supporting the Gastroenterology/Urology Global Marketing group within Neuromodulation.
While I'm not in the OR implanting devices, I do feel like I support our Mission. I help make decisions on whether or not a product will be profitable long term. I make sure we have money to keep running and making investments in new technology, so we can continue to help patients in the future.
Joined Medtronic: 2005
Grew up in: Nigeria and Trinidad & Tobago, with short stints in Europe
University of St. Thomas, bachelor's in Accounting and Theology
Cornell University, MBA
What I do for fun:
I'm training for a marathon, love to travel and read. I especially like biographies. Around presidential election time, I'll read the biographies of all the candidates.
I've been to about 20 different countries. My dad was a college professor and taught at vet schools all over the world. One of my favourite places is Barcelona, Spain, probably because my wife and I had the perfect experience there: perfect weather, perfect hotels, great food, fabulous architecture – and our luggage showed up.
Tips for MBA students who want to work at Medtronic:
You may be able to do marketing, finance, and all the key operational jobs in your sleep, but if you don't have leadership experience, you'll be at a loss. You'll be expected to lead teams, so get involved in activities now where you have to take the lead.
Biggest misperception about Medtronic:
Everyone thinks they have to come to Minneapolis. While I personally love all the cultural opportunities and green space in Minneapolis, Medtronic has key locations all over: in California, Florida, Tennessee, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Ireland, Switzerland, Japan, China, and India.