Carol Surface, Medtronic (US)

2021 HRD Global 100


Carol Surface has been leading Medtronic’s HR strategy for 90,000-plus employees worldwide as the company’s senior vice president and chief human resources officer since September 2013. She also provides leadership for global communications, philanthropy, and Medtronic Labs, and serves as the board chair of the Medtronic Foundation. Prior to joining Medtronic, Surface was executive vice president and CHRO at Best Buy Co. She has also held a number of HR leadership roles at PepsiCo, including as chief personnel officer for PepsiCo International. Surface has a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from Central Michigan University.