The rest of the 100 (in alphabetical order): Kristina Wright, senior director, Medtronic

Although a relative newcomer to corporate venturing, Kristina Wright has spent plenty of her career operating around the area.

Wright was promoted to senior director for corporate development at Medtronic in early 2014 after joining the firm in 2010 as finance director. During her early years at Medtronic, Wright was in charge of leading the finance team responsible for supporting the corporate development department.

There, she received hands-on experience in all transactions conducted by corporate development, including equity investments, mergers and acquisitions, and collaboration and licensing agreements – deals she now looks after in her current role.

Before coming to Medtronic, the Duke and Minnesota Twin Cities graduate spent 11 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), where she oversaw audits for Fortune 500 companies for six years before moving into the director’s chair at PWC’s transaction services department.