Leadership Corner

With diverse skills and a shared purpose, our leaders believe in Leica, encourage professional growth on all levels and lead by example.

Markus Lusser, President

Markus Lusser joined Leica Microsystems on July 1st, 2015, as President.
In addition to his roles as President Leica Microsystems, he serves as Danaher President Europe, a forum in which the various Danaher companies operating in Europe work together to drive growth. Besides his Danaher activities, he serves since 2017 as a board member for SPECTARIS- German High-Tech Industry Association.

Markus joined Danaher in 2011 as Vice President of Global Sales and Customer Support for Sciex. Prior to joining Danaher, Markus was responsible for global sales and service at CareStream, leading an international team of over 2000 associates. Before that, Markus spent 21 years with Siemens Healthcare, 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.

Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman, Chief Financial Officer

Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman took over the CFO responsibility in summer 2015.  Since the beginning of 2020, she also serves as the CFO of Danaher Europe.

Melanie joined Leica Microsystems in April 2008 as Manager Consolidation & Controlling LMS & LBS before being promoted to Director Financial Planning and Analysis LMS in April 2012. During her three years in this role, Melanie was instrumental in setting up the Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) team and taking Finance Business Partnering at LMS to the next level.  Before joining Leica, Melanie was Head of Finance at a coating materials manufacturer. Before that, she gained broad finance experience in banking and semiconductor manufacturing companies in 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.

Dominikus Hamann, General Counsel

Dominikus Hamann joined Leica Microsystems as General Counsel on January 1st, 2020. 

Dominikus joins us from the Danaher Water Platform, where he served as General Counsel EMEA and global General Counsel for the Hach and OTTHydromet businesses. Dominikus brings an extensive background from the Life Sciences and Technology industries and a top-tier business law firm.

Before Danaher, he worked at Stryker Corporation for 11 years in Legal Counsel roles with international scope and increasing responsibility, partnering closely with business leaders. Dominikus started his career at HEUKING, a leading German business law firm, advising healthcare, tech, and real estate clients.

Marc Orellou, Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance (RA/QA)

Marc Orellou joined Leica Microsystems in December 2015 as Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance (RA/QA). 

Marc brings broad RA/QA knowledge and experience from the Medical Device industry. He comes from LivaNova, where he held several global Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance leadership roles with increasing responsibilities over the past eight years. Marc served most recently as VP Quality Assurance for the Cardiac Rhythm Management business unit (implantable pacemakers and defibrillators) of LivaNova. Before this, Marc began his career with GE Healthcare in various Regulatory Affairs, Quality / Six Sigma, and R&D roles in France (X-ray Mammography) and in the US (Computed Tomography and Surgical Navigation). 

Marc holds a master’s degree in Engineering from Ecole Centrale de Lyon, France.

Fedja Bobanovic, Vice President Global R&D and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) 

Fedja Bobanovic Ph.D. joined Leica Microsystems in January 2016 as VP Life Science. Beginning of 2017, he was promoted to Senior Vice President Global Commercial Operations overseeing all global commercial activities. From September 2020 on, Fedja acts as VP Global R&D and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Leica. 

Fedja has worked in the Life Sciences industry for over 20 years and joined LMS from Sciex, where he acted as VP/GM EMEA. Before that, he spent more than ten years at PerkinElmer in various Product Management and Sales roles and rose to become GM of North Europe, South Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa. 

He holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from University of Ljubljana and completed his Ph.D. and post-doctoral training in Cell Physiology at the Babraham Institute and University of Cambridge, UK.

Beate Berns, Vice President Global Human Resources

Beate Berns joined Leica Microsystems in March 2017 as VP Global Human Resources. 

Beate joined us from Avanade, where she performed various HR leadership roles in her last position as Vice President, Human Resources Europe, Africa, and Latin America. Beate has over 20 years’ experience in HR and started her career with Accenture, where she was responsible for all people-related aspects of outsourcing, shared services, and M&A engagements. 

Beate holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Applied Sciences, Mainz, and professional educations in coaching and training.

James O’Brien, Vice President Life Sciences

James O’Brien joined Leica Microsystems in 2019 as Vice President Applied Microscopy and took over the Life Science Research Business Unit in June 2020.

James joined us from Tecan where over 16 years he progressed his career from a field-based applications role, service leadership, sales operations to leadership of a variety of Tecan’s end customer businesses. Most recently James served as Vice President of Tecan’s Labwerx business. While working in global roles, James has lived in the US and Europe.

James’ educational background is in biology and his career began at Johns Hopkins University in genomic research. He also holds an MBA from Kenan-Flagler Business School with Honors.

Andreas Hecker, Vice President for the Applied Microscopy Business Unit

Andreas Hecker, Vice President for the Applied Microscopy Business Unit with additional responsibility for our China Innovation Hub. He joined Leica Microsystems in March 2004 as an Optic Design Engineer. 

At the beginning of his tenure at LMS Andreas 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 January 2015 he became 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.

Markus Limberger, Vice President Global Operations

Markus Limberger joined Leica Microsystems as VP Global Operations on September 2018.

He joins us from Leica Camera AG, where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) being responsible for R&D, Quality Management, Procurement, and Customer Service, and he successfully ran two production sites in Wetzlar (GER) and Famalicao (POR). Markus is a very experienced leader in every angle of Optics and Digital Imaging, who has built his career with increasing responsibilities. 

Markus holds a master’s degree in business engineering from the University of Karlsruhe.

Lon Nelson, Vice President Global Service

Lon Nelson joined Leica Microsystems as VP Global Service in October 2021.

Over his 20 year tenure at Leica Microsystems, he advanced his career from product management through commercial marketing leadership and then sales leadership for our Applied and Nanotechnology businesses. Most recently, Lon led our service organization in the Americas, where he focused on improving service delivery and improving customer experience. Lon brings extensive knowledge of our customers’ needs, our end markets and our solutions to our leadership team.

Lon’s educational background is in biology, with a research focus in plant proteomics, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College. His career began at Abbott Laboratories in fertility diagnostics.

Darin Stell, Senior Vice President Global Commercial Operations

Darin Stell joins Leica Microsystems as Senior VP Global Commercial Operations on September 1st, 2020.

Darin joins us from Hach, where he currently serves as their VP Global Sales & DBS. Darin has built his career at Hach over the past 17 years with increasing sales & service responsibilities starting in the UK, then Europe, and since 2017 with responsibility for Sales for North America and Europe with revenues of 800M USD and a team of 1050 associates. Before Hach, he held progressive sales roles at Camlab and Thermo Electron.

Studying Physical Chemistry and with a post-graduate diploma In Marketing, he started his career in the laboratory, progressing to Scientific Officer before moving into the commercial environment more than 25 years ago.

Bruno Rossi, Vice President Global Marketing and DBS

Bruno Rossi joined Leica Microsystems as VP Global Marketing and DBS in May 2018. In October 2020 he took over additional responsibility for our OEM and licensing activities. 

Bruno joined us from Merck KGaA, Life Science, where he held the position of Vice President, Global Commercial Head for both the Diagnostic segment and the Tissue Diagnostic portfolio. Bruno brings over 20 years of international experience and in-depth knowledge of the academic, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and chemical markets for research, development, quality control, and manufacturing applications covering immunoassays, immunohistochemistry, genomics, flow cytometry, filtration, microbiology, water purification, and service products. 

He started his career at Millipore, which then became part of Merck KGaA, a few years ago. Bruno holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering.

Chiara Bergerone, Vice President Medical

Chiara Bergerone is with Leica Microsystems as Vice President Medical since January 2021. She joined us from Becton Dickinson (BD), where she was the Global Business Leader for their Laboratory Automation business.

Chiara is an international leader with a proven track record in leading and developing high-performing teams towards business transformation, including driving operational and commercial excellence. Furthermore, she has substantial experience in designing and delivering innovation and customer experience maximization programs.

After graduating in Materials Engineering from the Politecnico of Torino and in Physics at the Ecole de Physique in Grenoble in France, Chiara received an MBA from the Collège des Ingénieurs in Paris.

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