I enjoyed tremendously working with Joe during our years together at Medtronic. ‘Competent and fun’ are the words that come to my mind when I think of Joe.
We worked together for several years at Medtronic Endovascular collaborating on several study data releases and communications, as well as during town hall meetings and patient events where he coordinated patient participation and story telling on our therapies.
I was particularly impressed with Joe’s ability to deliver under tight timelines, pressure, aligning dozens of stakeholders, in a matrix, very articulated environment. Joe always kept the best attitude, knew how to keep everyone accountable and delivered. All with a great sense of humor and a very evident passion for his work.
Joe is also an expert on communication style and worked with me personally and with my team on refining our communication skills, facilitating coached sessions and providing real time feedback and input.
As a team member or a leader, Joe has my highest recommendation.
Vice President of Clinical and Medical Affairs for Aortic and Peripheral Vascular at Medtronic
At Medtronic, I found it a pleasure to work with Joe and to learn from him. Joe is a superb communications strategist. He has the rare ability to not only strategize multi-cultural global communications, but also the ability to roll up his sleeves and flawlessly deliver them. He exhibited a deep understanding of the needs of diverse audiences and his superb execution of targeted, engaging communications set the bar for everyone else. And, as a leader, Joe is the finest I’ve seen—focused, informative, perceptive and passionate. Moreover, even in the most pressure-filled projects, his sly sense of humor added a fun, positive vitality to the workplace that energized and inspired us.
Senior Communications Consultant-Internal Employee and External Corporate and Product Communications
I’ve worked with Joe McGrath at a global PR firm and at the largest medical device company in the world. Joe is a fine, compassionate and intellectually curious human being and a professional with deep and intense major-league experience. He can handle anything without losing his cool or sense of humor. He knows how all forms of media work, and knows how to craft and tell a clear and concise story. He’s eager to learn and to help others learn. He works hard but also knows that work is only one part of life. I’d want Joe giving me advice on any communications issue I might face.
Communications Coach and Writer
Joe is a seasoned communications professional that served as our main day-to-day client [at WCG] for five years, managing the communications of several of Medtronic’s key growth drivers while working in a collaborative manner with a variety of different functions. His keen understanding of the changing media landscape and ability to develop and implement creative communications strategies to make his organization’s interests relevant in competitive markets has made a huge impact on the business.
Senior Director, Brand Strategy & Coronary Marketing at Shockwave Medical
I’ve had the pleasure of working with Joe McGrath at both Weber Shandwick and Medtronic. With experience as both consultant and client, Joe understands internal business needs, as well as the value of outside perspectives. He brings good humor and a problem-solving style to communications challenges, and effectively combines focused, strategic thinking with new, creative ideas to achieve business goals. He’s not one to re-purpose old work – unless that is the most appropriate approach – but rather brings fresh concepts to business communications challenges.
I’ve particularly admired the media relations and integrated communications programs that Joe has led. Collaborating with leadership and marketing teams, he’s successfully generated attention-getting programs that have raised awareness about life-threatening illnesses, elevated clinical findings to improve care for patients, and met the needs of multiple audiences (including medical, research, regulatory, industry, etc.) as new therapies are developed and launched. Joe also is adept at managing difficult issues that have potential to affect an organization’s reputation.ess.
Vice President of Communications for Cardiac Rhythm Management and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Medtronic
First off, Joseph and I are not related. Thouigh he didn’t work directly under my supervision at Weber Shandwick I knew him well and was very familiar with the quality of the work he did there. I was not surprised at his subsequent success at Medtronic because of what I observed of him during his years with Shandwick.In Addition to his professional skills, he was very well liked and a team player.
Former Senior Counselor at Himle Rapp & Company