Like 4-68 Armor, Stryker was blessed to have a truly exceptional leader during this unprecedented growth period. John W. Brown presided as the chairman, president, and CEO as Stryker evolved into one of the most respected and successful companies on the planet. When Brown joined the company, it was a small boutique firm with a couple of innovative products built off expiring patents. The transformation into a medical-device behemoth more than 25,000 percent larger over his twenty-eight years of leadership was remarkable.