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 the Chairman of the Danaher board of businesses in EMEA, a forum in which the various Danaher companies operating in EMEA work together to drive growth. Since November 2018, Markus is a board member for Nanolive. 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