H. Lawrence Culp, Jr.
Class of 1985
Larry Culp served as the chief executive officer and president of Danaher Corporation from 2000 to 2014, during which time the company increased revenues and market capitalizations five-fold to $20 billion and $50 billion, respectively.
Under his leadership, the company also expanded international sales from 40 percent to 60 percent, and deployed nearly $25 billion for strategic acquisitions. Culp was instrumental in the growth of the company’s health care platforms and in the evolution of the Danaher Business System, the common operating philosophy and model deployed company-wide.
Prior to joining Danaher, Culp served as president of Veeder-Root, a Danaher subsidiary. He joined Danaher in 1990 and was appointed group executive and corporate officer in 1995, with responsibility for Danaher’s environmental and electronic test and measurement platforms. During this time, he also served as president of Fluke and Fluke Networks. In 1999, he became executive vice president; in 2000, chief operating officer; and in 2001, president and CEO.
Culp is a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, focusing on leadership and general management. Ranked by Institutional Investor and Harvard Business Review as one of the Top 50 CEOs in the world, he also appears regularly on panels and as a guest speaker at business and industry conference events.
Culp is a member of the T. Rowe Price Board of Directors; chairs the Board of Governors and Visitors of his alma mater, Washington College; and is a member of the Wake Forest Board of Trustees. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he received a B.A in economics from Washington College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.