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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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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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Beate Berns, Vice President Global Human Resources

Beate Berns joined Leica as Vice President Global Human Resources in March 2017. She brings significant expertise across the full spectrum of HR, change management and HR consulting from working in leading global IT/professional services companies for over 20 years.

Beate joins us from Avanade, where she has performed a variety of HR leadership roles, most recently as Vice President, Human Resources Europe, during the past 4 years. Beate 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 degree in Business Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz as well as additional professional qualifications in leadership coaching, training and languages. 

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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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Coen Derkx, Senior Vice President Service and DBS

Since January 2017 Coen holds the position of Senior Vice President Service and DBS.

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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Gerald Nitsch, Vice President Applied Microscopy

Gerald Nitsch joined Leica beginning of 2018 as Vice President Applied Microscopy. Gerald adds more than 25 years of experience in optical precision instruments and technologies to Leica.

In his most recent assignment, Gerald served as CEO of Sensofar, a global leader in the 3D surface metrology and automated inspection space. Gerald holds a Master degree in mechanical engineering.

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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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Maxim Mamin, Vice President Medical Division

Maxim Mamin joined Leica in October 2016 as Vice President Medical Division.

Maxim comes from Siemens Healthcare where he worked in a number of leadership positions and countries for the last 18 years including Russia, Germany, Singapore, South Korea and Malaysia.  Most recently, Maxim served as Managing Director for the commercial organization of Siemens Healthcare in Malaysia with full P&L responsibility for the entire portfolio spanning from Imaging to Lab Diagnostics.

Maxim's background is in Medicine and he holds two Medical Degrees from Ludwig-Maximilians University and Moscow Medical Academy. Additionally, he has two MBA degrees from the University of California in Los Angeles and Singapore University.

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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 a number of global Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance leadership roles with increasing responsibilities over the past 8 years. Marc served most recently as VP Quality Assurance for the Cardiac Rhythm Management business unit (implantable pacemakers and defibrillators) of LivaNova. Prior to 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.

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Selvaraju S (Raju), Vice President Global Operations

Selvaraju started with Leica Microsystems in January 2012 as Managing Director, BU Singapore and was promoted to take over responsibility for all assembly sites globally as well as for global optics in September 2016 before taking on his new VP Global Operations role in January 2017.

Before Leica, Raju spent 6 years in various roles of increasing responsibility in Operations and R&D at Perkin Elmer. Prior to Perkin Elmer, he worked in Sony Display Devices in Singapore. Raju holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from National University of Singapore and a Master’s in Business Administration from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

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Marcela Kirberger, Chief Counsel

Marcela Kirberger joined Leica Microsystems (LMS) as Chief Counsel in 2017. Marcela joined LMS Sandoz Pharmaceuticals (a Division of Novartis) where she most recently held the position of Global Head of Legal being responsible in that role to set the company’s global legal strategy and manage the legal and compliance functions as a member of the Sandoz global leadership team. Before that Marcela had several legal and chief compliance officer positions in different businesses in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked to support a variety of regions countries incl. Latin America, Russia, India, Europe and the US. Marcela holds a legal PhD from Catholic University of Buenos Aires, Argentina and Rutgers University School of Law-Newark, NJ with Honors.

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