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Con diversas habilidades y un propósito compartido, nuestros líderes creen en Leica, fomentan el crecimiento profesional en todos los niveles y lideran con el ejemplo.

Markus Lusser, Presidente

Markus se unió como presidente a Leica Microsystems el día 1 de julio de 2015. Markus llega a LMS desde Sciex donde desempeñó el cargo de Vicepresidente de Ventas Globales y de Atención al cliente desde 2011.

Antes de unirse a Danaher, Markus fue responsable de ventas y servicio global en CareStream, liderando un equipo internacional de más de 2000 asociados. Antes de eso, Markus estuvo 21 años en Siemens Healthcare pasando la mitad del tiempo en esta ocupación en Estados Unidos y la otra mitad en Alemania. Mientras estuvo en Siemens, ocupó una variedad de funciones tanto técnicas como comerciales con una creciente responsabilidad.

Markus es licenciado en Ingeniería electrónica por el HTBLA en Innsbruck, Austria.

Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman, Directora financiera

Melanie Hammerschmidt-Broman se unió a Leica Microsystems en abril de 2008 como gerente de control y consolidación LMS & LBS, antes de que fuera ascendida a directora de planificación y análisis financiero de LMS en abril de 2012. Durante los últimos 3 años, Melanie jugó un papel decisivo en la creación del equipo de planificación y análisis financiero (FP&A, por sus siglas en inglés), llevando la Asociación Empresarial Financiera al siguiente nivel en LMS. 

Antes de unirse a Leica, Melanie fue jefa de finanzas en una empresa fabricante de materiales de revestimiento y, antes de esto, adquirió una amplia experiencia en el área de finanzas en banca y en compañías de fabricación de semiconductores tanto en Alemania como en los EE. UU.

Melanie obtuvo un diploma de la Academia de Comunicación e Idiomas en Stuttgart y un Grado de Finanzas por la Universidad de Florida Central, Orlando.

Fedja Bobanovic, Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Operations

A partir de enero de 2016, Fedja se unió a Leica Microsystems como Vicepresidente de Life Sciences. Fedja se une a Leica procedente de Cambridge Epigenetix LTD, donde ocupó el puesto de Director General durante los dos últimos años. Antes de esto, Fedja trabajó durante más de 2 años para la empresa Sciex de Danaher donde desarrolló con éxito los equipos de ventas y servicio al cliente en EMEA e India. Antes de Danaher, Fedja trabajó en diversos puestos como Director General, Unidad Empresarial y Ventas para PerkinElmer, situados en Italia, India, EE. UU. y Reino Unido.

Inició su carrera como científico investigador en Cambridge en el Instituto de Fisiología Animal, donde logró un amplio entendimiento en temas de microscopía avanzada al adquirir y usar 5 microscopios confocales. Fedja obtuvo un título en ingeniería y es Doctor en Fisiología Celular.

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, Vicepresidente Global de Investigación y Desarrollo

Andreas Hecker se unió a Leica Microsystems en marzo de 2004 como ingeniero de diseño óptico. Trabajó como Gestor de Proyectos Sénior para las sedes en Wetzlar y en Mannheim antes de convertirse en Jefe de Desarrollo de Software para la División de Ciencias de la Vida en 2009.

Entre 2011 y 2013 también trabajó como Director de Patología Digital R&D en Leica Biosystems y como Director Global de Desarrollo de Software para Leica Microsystems. En agosto de 2014 asumió el cargo de Vicepresidente Global de Investigación y Desarrollo.

Andreas ha completado su Doctorado en Física en la Universidad de Bochum en Alemania. Después de haber obtenido su doctorado en el campo de la física del láser y la espectroscopía, dirigió un equipo pequeño de microscopía de escaneado láser para IR en la universidad.

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.

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.