In this role, he oversees the company’s external, internal and executive communications, brand, crisis and issues management, digital marketing, sponsorships, content marketing, social media and more. He also serves as chair of the company’s Marketing Leadership Council—helping drive the company’s growth by enabling best-in-class marketing.
Torod joined Medtronic in February 2021 from Lenovo Group, Ltd. where he was Worldwide Group Vice President and Chief Communications Officer. At Lenovo, he was responsible for global brand and product communications for Lenovo PCs, smart devices and tablets and Motorola smart phones. He was also in charge of the company’s global integrated communications and played a pivotal role on the Lenovo executive team that drove the company’s business and culture transformation.
He is a seasoned global leader who was named to PR Week’s 2020 Power List of 50 most influential and impactful communications professionals. He has a proven track record of managing complex brand, reputation, public policy, and issues for large global businesses in highly competitive and regulated industries in both direct-to-consumer and business-to-business companies.
Torod held communications leadership roles at Verizon and Bank of America, and served as a Chief Communications Strategist for the U.S. House of Representatives. He has experience at some of the leading communications agencies working on major healthcare/pharma brands, including Abbott, GSK, Philips Healthcare and Shire/Takeda. He started his career as a journalist.
Torod serves on the board of directors for The LAGRANT Foundation, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of ethnic minorities in the fields of advertising, marketing, and public relations through scholarships, professional development, mentors, and internships.
He is a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism, and of the Board of Advisers for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
Torod earned his bachelor’s degree in Government and International Affairs & Journalism, Global Affairs/Soviet and Middle Eastern Foreign Policy from the University of South Carolina.