CEO, Edwards Lifesciences
WHY: Heart valve firm is biggest OC public company by market cap, exceeding $46B, double No. 2 Chipotle (see Brian Niccol entry). Only CEO Edwards has known since spun-out of Baxter in 2000.
RECENT: More growth coming from $240M, 500K-SF expansion of Irvine campus.
NOTABLE: Keynoted annual meeting of OCCF (see Shelley Hoss entry) in 2018; spoke of his family’s support for kids with Down syndrome.
FUN FACTS: Varsity wrestler in high school. Wife, Linda, brother, Phil; “large extended family.”