Raman Venkatesh Chief Sustainability Officer Medtronic from Ken Washington on LinkedIn
New Medtronic Chief Sustainability Officer Raman Venkatesh brings experience in sustainability efforts to the medtech giant. [Image courtesy of Ken Washington on LinkedIn]

A Medtronic


executive shared on social media that the company named a chief sustainability officer.

Raman Venkatesh will join the medtech giant as VP and CSO — a newly created role — starting on Feb. 19. Ken Washington, Medtronic SVP and chief technology officer, announced the appointment on LinkedIn.

In the role, Venkatesh holds responsibility for leading the development and execution of the company’s environmental sustainability strategy.

“I am excited to see Raman and his team drive Medtronic forward on our sustainability journey,” Washington posted. “I am confident that together we will shape and unlock new innovative solutions that serve our patients and our planet.

Venkatesh’s career history includes over a decade spent at home appliances company Eureka Forbes, where he served as CEO of its strategic business unit. He served as EVP and COO at the mobility engineering association SAE International from 2019 to 2022. From June 2023 to this month, he held the post of EVP at Aquaporin — a sustainability technology company.

His LinkedIn profile lists that he is a chief experience officer (CXO) leader “with a proven track record in sustainability-driven industries and major global markets.”

Sustainability has become a significant issue in the medical device industry. Kathryn Unger, VP of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) at Boston Scientific, discussed how to stand up an ESG program with our sibling Medical Design & Outsourcing site last year.