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Markus Lusser, President

Markus joined Leica Microsystems on July 1st 2015 as President. Markus comes from Sciex where he served as the Vice President of Global Sales and Customer Support since 2011.

Prior to joining Danaher, Markus was responsible for global sales and service at CareStream leading a global team of over 2000 associates. Prior to that, Markus spent 21 years with Siemens Healthcare with half his tenure based in the United States and the other half based in Germany. While at Siemens, he held a variety of both technical and commercial roles with increasing responsibility.

Markus holds a degree in Engineering in Electronics from HTBLA in Innsbruck, Austria.

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Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman, Chief Financial Officer

Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman joined Leica Microsystems in April 2008 as Manager Consolidation & Controlling Leica Microsystems & Leica Biosystems, before she was promoted to Director Financial Planning and Analysis Leica Microsystems in April 2012. During the past 3 years Melanie was instrumental in setting up the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) team and taking Finance Business Partnering to the next level. 

Before joining Leica, Melanie was Head of Finance at a coating materials manufacturer, and prior to that she gained broad finance experience in banking and semiconductor manufacturing companies in both, Germany and the US.

Melanie holds a Diploma from Academy for Communication and Languages in Stuttgart and a Finance degree from the University of Central Florida, Orlando.

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Harald Schwenk, Vice President Human Resources

Since February 2014 Harald Schwenk holds the position of Vice President HR Leica Microsystems. Harald joined Hach Lange in 2005 as Senior Project Manager involved in the development of the Central European business structure prior to being appointed Vice President Human Resources, Hach Lange EMEA in September that same year. In January 2012 he was appointed Director Talent Management WQG.

Prior to joining Hach Lange, he was responsible for Customer Service as well as implementing e-Business solutions for General Electric’s European Power Controls segment. He also held positions in European Sales Leadership at Ametek Division Electronical Test- and Calibration Instruments, following his initial career focus on HR development and Talent Management at EC Erdölchemie (subsidiary company of Bayer AG).

Harald holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Akademie der deutschen Wirtschaft and a Masters in Mathematics from the University of Cologne.

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Sven Wehser, Chief Counsel

Sven Wehser joined Leica in June 2012 as Global Director IP and was promoted to Chief Counsel in February 2015. Sven brings with him extensive experience working for corporations like Apple and Siemens in Asia-Pacific and Germany where he held leadership positions within the Intellectual Property field, focusing on patents, strategy, enforcement, licensing, litigation, designs and trademarks. Additionally, Sven has worked for leading law firms in Germany and the USA. Sven has extensive commercial experience including M&A, licensing and litigation.

Sven holds an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management, a PhD in law from the University of Osnabrück, a masters degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a legal degree from the Free University of Berlin. Sven is admitted to practice law in New York and in Germany.

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Andreas Hecker, Vice President Global Research & Development

Andreas Hecker joined Leica Microsystems in March 2004 as an Optic Design Engineer. He worked as a Senior Project Manager for the sites Wetzlar and Mannheim before he became Head of Software Development for the Life Science Division in 2009.

Between 2011–2013, he has also served as R&D Director Digital Pathology at Leica Biosystems and as Global Director Software Development for Leica Microsystems. In August 2014 he took over the position as Vice President Global Research & Development.

Andreas has completed his PhD in Physics at the University of Bochum in Germany. After having earned his doctorate in the field of Laser Physics and Spectroscopy, he was heading a small team for Laser Scanning Microscopy for IR at the university.

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Chris Maetzig, Vice President Applied Microscopy

Chris Maetzig started beginning of 2011 with Leica Microsystems as head of the Nanotechnology business and Managing Director of Leica Mikrosysteme GmbH in Vienna, Austria before he became responsible in 2013 for the Industry division. On an interim base Chris was responsible for the company's business development. In June 2014 Chris became Vice President Life Science and Industry. 

As of January 2016, he is the Vice President Applied Microscopy . In his new role he will be responsible to build and develop the new Business Unit Applied Microscopy. Chris came to us from Heraeus Kulzer, Germany, where he held several managerial positions including Vice President of their Dentistry Division as well as Vice President Business Development/M&A.

Being a Mechanical Engineer by training, he was engaged in research related to Polymer Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, USA, and to Nanotechnology at the Leibniz University, Hanover, Germany, where he gained his PhD.

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Fedja Bobanovic, Vice President Life Sciences

As of January 2016 Fedja joined Leica Microsystems as Vice President Life Sciences. Fedja joins Leica from Cambridge Epigenetix LTD where he held the position of the CEO for the past 2 years. Prior to that Fedja worked for over 2 years for the Danaher company Sciex where he successfully developed the Sales and Customer Service teams within EMEA and India. Prior to Danaher, Fedja worked in various General Manager, BU and Sales positions at PerkinElmer, located in Italy, India, US and UK.

He started his career as Research Scientist in Cambridge at the Institute of Animal Physiology where he gained a deep understanding of the advanced microscopy space as he purchased and used 5 Confocal Microscopes. Fedja holds a Degree in Engineering, and a PhD in Cellular Physiology.

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Heinrich Dreyer, Vice President Medical

Heinrich Dreyer joined Leica in May 2012 as Vice President Medical. He brings over 18 years of professional experience to Leica Microsystems.

Most recently before joining Leica, Heinrich served as the Vice President, Micro Implants & Resorbable Solutions at Stryker Corporation. Prior to this, Heinrich was the Senior Director Global Operations for Stryker, his earlier career experience includes five years at Technical University Munich, Germany, as Management consultant.

Heinrich holds an engineering degree from Technical University Berlin, Germany, an AMSEC Master degree from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris, France, and a PhD in Logistics from Technical University Munich, Germany.

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Coen Derkx, Senior Vice President Global Operations and Service

Since February 2016 Coen holds the position of Senior Vice President Global Operations and Service.

Coen started with Leica Microsystems in August 2013, leading the global Operations functions. Coen began his Danaher career in 2005, when he joined Hach-Lange in Germany as Director Instrument Operations, after working 8 years for General Electric in a variety of Operations and Continuous Improvement leadership roles. In 2006 he transferred to Fluke to become their Director Operations EMEA based out of Eindhoven, Netherlands and in 2011 Coen became responsible for the global supply chain of Fluke as Senior Director Global supply chain, based out of Everett, WA.

Coen holds a Master degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Science from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.

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Julian Burke, Chief Scientific Officer

Julian Burke joined Leica Microsystems in January 2010 as Chief Scientific Officer after Leica acquired his former company, Genetix Limited. He was involved in the successful IPO of Genetix in November 2000 after selling his own start-up businesses (Genpak Limited and Genpak Inc) to Genetix.

His background includes responsibilities for strategic marketing, patent filing strategy, new product development and M & A. Julian lectured in Molecular Genetics at the University of Sussex and has over 100 publications.

He is a visiting Professor at the University of Southampton and chairs and sits on various national research grant committees. He consulted widely in Pharmaceuticals (GSK, AstraZeneca and Pfizer), Research Tools (Amersham International), Scientific Policy (EU, BBSRC) and Food (McDonalds (burgers)). Previously he was a Senior Fellow at the Medical Research Council, Cancer UK and  the Roswell Park Cancer Center, NY, USA.

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