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Photo of Brian Ellis

Brian Ellis

Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Danaher Corporation

Brian W. Ellis joined Danaher Corporation as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in January 2016.  Brian leads Danaher’s global legal organization and ensures a strong culture of integrity and compliance. His other areas of responsibility include government affairs, quality assurance and regulatory affairs, risk management and environment, health and safety.

Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping its customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world.  Its family of world class brands has leadership positions in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including health care, environmental and industrial.  With more than 20 operating companies, Danaher’s globally diverse team of over 62,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System.

Learn more about Brian’s commitment to public service here.

Past Honorees

  • 1990 - Clinton Bamberger
  • 1991 - Charles Halpern
  • 1992 - Esther Lardent
  • 1993 - Peter Edelman
  • 1993 - Marian Wright Edelman
  • 1994 - Brooksley Born
  • 1994 - Clinton Lyons
  • 1995 - Kathleen Welch
  • 1995 - The Honorable Abner J. Mikva
  • 1995 - Antonia Hernández
  • 1996 - Alexander D. Forger
  • 1996 - Bryan Stevenson
  • 1996 - John D. Feerick
  • 1997 - Jamie S. Gorelick
  • 1997 - The Honorable Paul Igasaki
  • 1997 - David Hall
  • 1998 - Martha W. Barnett
  • 1998 - Jennifer Gordon
  • 1998 - Kristin Booth Glen
  • 1999 - Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • 1999 - Gregory H. Williams
  • 2000 - Eldon H. "Took" Crowell
  • 2000 - Claudio M. Grossman
  • 2001 - Charles F.C. Ruff
  • 2001 - Rudolph Hasl
  • 2002 - David R. Andrews
  • 2002 - Katherine "Shelley" Broderick
  • 2003 - Deval L. Patrick
  • 2003 - Judith Areen
  • 2004 - Thomas A. Gottschalk
  • 2004 - Harry Haynsworth
  • 2005 - Roderick "Rick" A. Palmore
  • 2005 - Gene R. Nichol
  • 2006 - Benjamin W. Heineman, Jr.
  • 2006 - Katharine T. Bartlett
  • 2007 - Brad Smith
  • 2007 - Karen Rothenberg
  • 2008 - The Honorable Elena Kagan
  • 2008 - The Honorable George J. Mitchell
  • 2009 - Larry Kramer
  • 2009 - D. Bruce Sewell
  • 2010 - Teri Plummer McClure
  • 2010 - Blake D. Morant
  • 2011 - 25th Anniversary
  • 2012 - Randal S. Milch
  • 2013 - D. Cameron Findlay
  • 2014 - Thomas J. Sabatino, Jr.
  • 2015 - Brackett B. Denniston III
  • 2016 - Kelly McNamara Corley
  • 2017 - Kenneth C. Frazier
  • 2018 - The Honorable Sven Erik Holmes
  • 2019 - David Zapolsky
  • 2020 - Laura Stein