New York (Aug. 5, 2004) - William W. George, former chairman and chief executive at medical technology concern Medtronic, was appointed chair of the Global Center for Leadership & Business Ethics - an independent body established by Big Four firm KPMG that will recognize individuals or organizations exhibiting extraordinary business ethics and leadership qualities.

As chairman of the Global Center, George will direct the Laureate Award & Medal Series, honoring individuals or institutions committed to excellence.

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