St. Jude Medical, founded in 1976, is dedicated to making life better for cardiac, neurological and chronic pain patients worldwide with its line of medical devices. The company focuses on the areas of cardiac rhythm management, atrial fibrillation, cardiac surgery, cardiology and neuromodulation. Its products include mechanical and tissue heart valves, vascular closure devices, pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators and electrophysiology catheters. With more than 10,000 employees worldwide, St. Jude s products are sold in more than 130 countries. Daniel J. Starks has been the chief executive officer of St Jude Medical for more than two years. He has been with the health care facility for over 22 years. Starks earned a JD from the University of Minnesota. In addition to the corporate headquarters in St. Paul, Minn., St. Jude Medical has more than 20 offices worldwide. The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol STJ.