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    Business at Danaher has quadrupled since Larry Culp '85 took the helm.
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September 26, 2013
Danaher’s chief executive Larry Culp ’85 will speak Thursday, Sept. 26 on how Washington College prepared him to lead a Fortune 200 Company.

CHESTERTOWN, MD—Washington College alumnus Larry Culp ’85, president and CEO of Danaher Corporation, will speak on campus Thursday, Sept. 26 as part of the George Washington Leadership Series. The talk will be held at 4 p.m. in Hynson Lounge, Hodson Hall, on the Washington College campus, 300 Washington Avenue.  

Culp has held the top position at Danaher, a Fortune 200 company, since May 2001. He has played a key role in the creation of Danaher’s strategic vision, including the evolution of its portfolio into a leading science and technology company. He has also played a leadership role in the development of the Danaher Business System, the common operating philosophy and model deployed across Danaher. During Culp’s tenure, the company’s revenues and market capitalization have increased fourfold to nearly $20 billion and $45 billion, respectively. 

Culp began his Danaher career in 1990 at Veeder-Root, where he became President in 1993.  He became a Group Executive and Corporate Officer in 1995, assuming primary responsibility for Danaher’s Environmental and Test and Measurement businesses.  In 1999 he was appointed Executive Vice President, and a year later he became Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Danaher, Culp held positions with Accenture. 

Culp received his B.A. in Economics from Washington College in 1985 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1990. He is currently the Vice Chair of the Washington College Board of Visitors and Governors. 

It was Culp who originally envisioned the George Washington Leadership Series, which was launched in early 2012. Speakers have included Raghavan Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank; Lance Weaver, former Vice Chairman of MBNA Corporation; Paul Reed Smith, founder PRS Guitars; Ellen Kullman, President, Chair, and CEO of E.I. Dupont de Nemours Company; and attorney Bert Rein, Founding Partner at Wiley Rein LLP. 

Prior to his talk, Culp will meet with a select group of students for informal conversation.

– Kathryn Gilley ‘14


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