Brainerd was most recently president and CEO of HealthPartners, the largest, consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the United States. She retired on June 1, 2017 after serving for 15 years as president and CEO. Prior to that, she held various executive roles with HealthPartners since 1992 and with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota from 1984 to 1992. Brainerd received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and a M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas. She previously served on the boards of Possis Medical Inc. and SurModics Inc. and is one of the founding CEOs and former Chair of the Itasca Project, a group of 40 government, civic and business leaders addressing issues that impact long-term economic growth, including jobs, education, transportation and economic disparities, in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region.
"We are pleased to welcome Mary Brainerd to our Board," said Kevin A. Lobo, Chairman and CEO of Stryker Corporation. "Mary's vast experience leading a large and diverse health care delivery system will provide a new perspective and valuable insight for our Board and company."