Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer
Michael Hutchinson joined Varian in June 2020 as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer. His management responsibilities include leading and driving the strategic direction of the global Legal function that supports Varian’s vision and mission, with oversight of the Corporate Secretary functions, legal business partners, securities and M&A, employment and litigation, legal compliance, intellectual property, data privacy, environmental affairs and corporate social responsibility, and overall company risk mitigation.
Most recently, Mr. Hutchinson served as Vice President and Advisor to the Chairman and CEO at Stryker. Prior to this role, he served more than six years as General Counsel, Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Stryker establishing and leading the global Legal, Compliance and Corporate Secretary functions. Mr. Hutchinson has more than 20 years of experience as a lawyer and business leader.
Throughout his career, he has built and led high-performing, diverse and proactive legal and compliance teams and managed complex business and legal issues including, litigation, board governance matters, government investigations, intellectual property matters, as well as helping guide Stryker through more than 80 acquisitions over the span of 10 years. He began his career working for several law firms and as an in-house attorney in the Washington, D.C., area. He holds a juris doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Clark University.