Mit unterschiedlichen Fähigkeiten und einem gemeinsamen Ziel glauben unsere Führungskräfte an Leica, fördern professionelles Wachstum auf allen Ebenen und gehen mit gutem Beispiel voran.

Markus Lusser, Präsident

Markus Lusser ist seit 1. Juli 2015 Präsident von Leica Microsystems. Zuvor war er bei Sciex tätig; ab 2011 als Vice President of Global Sales and Customer Support.

Vor seinem Eintritt bei Danaher war er für den globalen Vertrieb und Service bei CareStream zuständig und führte ein globales Team von mehr als 2.000 Mitarbeitern. Davor arbeitete er 21 Jahre lang bei Siemens Healthcare - die Hälfte der Zeit in den USA, die andere Hälfte in Deutschland. Bei Siemens hatte er verschiedene technische und kaufmännische Funktionen mit wachsendem Verantwortungsbereich inne.

Markus Lusser hat einen Abschluss als Ingenieur der Elektrotechnik von der HTBLA in Innsbruck, Österreich.

Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman, Chief Financial Officer

Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman trat Leica Microsystems im April 2008 als Manager Consolidation & Controlling Leica Microsystems & LeicaBiosystems bei und wurde im April 2012 zum Director Financial Planning and Analysis für Leica Microsystems ernannt. In den letzten drei Jahren war sie maßgeblich am Aufbau des Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Teams beteiligt und baute das Finance Business Partnering aus. 

Bevor sie zu Leica kam, war sie Finanzchefin bei einem Beschichtungshersteller. Davor sammelte sie bei Banken und Halbleiterherstellern in Deutschland und den USA umfangreiche Erfahrungen im Finanzbereich.

Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman hat ein Diplom der Academy for Communication and Languages in Stuttgart und einen Abschluss in Finanzwesen der University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Fedja Bobanovic, Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Operations

Seit Januar 2016 ist Fedja Bobanovic Vice President Life Sciences bei Leica Microsystems. Er war zuvor zwei Jahre lang CEO bei Cambridge Epigenetix LTD. Davor arbeitete er mehr als zwei Jahre bei dem Danaher-Unternehmen Sciex, wo er die Vertriebs- und Kundendienstteams in der EMEA-Region und in Indien erfolgreich weiterentwickelte. Vor Danaher war er bei PerkinElmer in verschiedenen Positionen, als General Manager, in Geschäftsbereichen und dem Vertrieb, an Standorten in Italien, Indien, den USA und Großbritannien tätig.

Seine berufliche Laufbahn als Forscher begann er am Institut für Tierphysiologie in Cambridge, wo er fundierte Kenntnisse in anspruchsvollen Arbeitsgebieten der Mikroskopie erwarb, da er fünf Konfokalmikroskope einkaufte und nutzte. Er hat einen Abschluss im Ingenieurwesen und einen Doktortitel in Zellphysiologie.

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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. 

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.

Andreas Hecker, Vice President Global Research & Development

Andreas Hecker trat im März 2004 als Optic Design Engineer bei Leica Microsystems ein. Er arbeitete als Senior Project Manager an den Standorten Wetzlar und Mannheim, bevor er 2009 die Leitung der Softwareentwicklung bei der Life Science Division übernahm.

Von 2011 bis 2013 war er auch als R&D Director Digital Pathology bei Leica Biosystems und als Global Director Software Development für Leica Microsystems tätig. Im August 2014 übernahm er die Funktion des Vice President Global Research & Development.

Andreas Hecker hat an der Universität Bochum in Physik promoviert. Nach der Promotion auf dem Gebiet der Laserphysik und Spektroskopie leitete er an der Universität ein kleines Team im Bereich Laser-Scanning-Mikroskopie für IR.

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.

Marcela Kirberger, Chief Counsel

Marcela Kirberger joined Leica Microsystems (LMS) as Chief Counsel in 2017. Prior to joining LMS, Marcela was at Sandoz International (a Division of Novartis) where she most recently held the position of Global Head of Legal for the Biopharma business unit and was responsible for the unit’s global legal strategy, including sales and marketing, medical affairs, market access, business development, licensing, clinical development programs and legal regulatory affairs.  Prior to that role, Marcela was the Global Compliance Officer at Sandoz where, along with her team, she pioneered a broad upgrade to the governance framework as well as many culture and awareness initiatives. Marcela also held several senior legal roles in different Novartis companies while gaining extensive experience in the US, Latin America, Europe and, Asia. Marcela holds a legal JD from the Catholic University of Argentina and a JD from Rutgers University, School of Law-Newark, with Honors.

Bruno Rossi, Vice President Global Marketing and DBS

Bruno joined Leica Microsystems as the Vice President, Global Marketing and DBS in 2018. Bruno comes from Merck KGaA, Life Science, where he was most recently Vice President, Global Commercial Head for both the Diagnostic segment and the Tissue Diagnostic portfolio. Bruno brings with him 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. Bruno has built his impressive career spanning general management, marketing, sales, service, OEM, product management, and R&D leadership roles within both customer-centric and/or product-centric organizations. 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.

Markus Limberger, Vice President Global Operations

Markus Limberger joined Leica Microsystems on September 1st 2018 from Leica Camera AG where he held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the past 7 years. In his role he was responsible for R&D, Quality Management, Procurement and Customer Service, and he successfully ran global Operations with impressive manufacturing sites in Wetzlar and Portugal. Markus is a very experienced leader in every angle of Optics and Digital Imaging as he built the foundation to his successful career at Rodenstock/ Qioptiq. Markus was heading global Operations focusing on the end-markets Medical Devices, Industrial applications and Semiconductor before he moved to Wetzlar in 2007 where he became managing director of a leading supplier in the optical industry and later joined Leica Camera as their COO. Markus holds a master degree in business engineering from the University of Karlsruhe.

Mark Wetzel, Vice President Global Service

Mark Wetzel joined Leica in November 2018 as Vice President, Global Service.

In his role, Mark is responsible for our Service go-to-market strategy and offerings, delivery models and resource allocation needs, standardizing and improving our after sales processes globally, and get Service to the next level of excellence and customer experience. Mark is an experienced business leader who joined Leica from SCIEX, which he joined in 2009 and where he held the role of Vice President, Global DBS. He was responsible for the effective deployment of DBS for SCIEX and Phenomenex in all functions and regions and for driving results through continuous improvement across the business. Mark has led the successful transitions of both the Phenomenex and IDBS businesses to Danaher.

Besides his DBS expertise, Mark brings a strong business management, operations and Information Technology background within and prior to his career at Danaher.

Christine Munz, Vice President Life Science

Christine Munz joined Leica Microsystems in January 2019 as Vice President Life Science. Christine joined us from Roche Diagnostics, where she has built her career over the last 18 years.

In her last role as Life Cycle Leader for Glucose Monitoring Systems business Christine was in charge of creating and delivering the global portfolio strategy, as well as managing the entire product development lifecycle from ideation to product development and commercialization. She successfully led international business teams in the US and Germany. Prior to that, Christine held different commercial leadership roles for various geographies, including being the Regional Business Leader Applied Science for Asia Pacific, based out of China.

Christine holds a PhD in Cell and Tumor Biology from the University of Heidelberg (German Cancer Research Center - DKFZ) and a Diploma in Molecular Biology from the University in Freiburg.