Omar Ishrak

Chairman and CEO
Medtronic Inc.

The CEO job at one of Minnesota’s most august corporations has become a hot seat this year. When the company announced plans to acquire Ireland-based med-tech company Covidien and move its legal headquarters to Ireland, the company became something of a poster child for overseas corporate tax inversion. That said, the company’s low-key leader has had the company’s sales performing well in 2014, particularly in heart products. Can he overcome the distractions and keep Medtronic pumping?