Fresenius Announces Management Board Changes
Dr. Ben Lipps and Rainer Baule, who will both retire from the Management Board at the end of 2012, have been instrumental to the dynamic growth of the Group.
Dr. Ben Lipps played key roles in the acquisition of the dialysis services provider National Medical Care and the formation of Fresenius Medical Care in 1996 and was appointed CEO in 1999. Under his leadership, Fresenius Medical Care has more than tripled sales while significantly expanding its position as the world's largest provider of dialysis services and products. In recognition of his extraordinary achievements and unique expertise, Dr. Ben Lipps has been appointed Honorary Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA and Fresenius Medical Care Management AG, effective January 1, 2013.
Rainer Baule took over as CEO of Fresenius Kabi in 2001, when the company faced major challenges. During his tenure, Fresenius Kabi has more than tripled sales and significantly increased profitability. He has played a key role in the highly successful expansion of the company's international operations. Today, Fresenius Kabi ranks among the global leaders in the fields of generic I.V. drugs, infusion therapies and clinical nutrition.
Rice Powell, who currently serves as CEO of Fresenius Medical Care North America, joined Fresenius Medical Care in 1997 and has been a member of the Fresenius Medical Care Management Board since 2004, from January 1, 2010 as Deputy Chairman. He has more than 30 years of experience in the health care industry. From 1978 to 1996 he held various management positions, among others at Baxter International Inc. and Biogen Inc. Under his leadership, Fresenius Medical Care has significantly expanded its market-leading position in North America and successfully managed the implementation of the new bundled reimbursement system in the U.S.
Mats Henriksson joined Fresenius Kabi in 1999 as a member of the company's Management Board, and has served as President of the Asia Pacific region since 2001. Under his leadership, Fresenius Kabi has seen exceptional growth in this region and now enjoys leading market positions in most Asian countries. Before joining the company, Mats Henriksson held several positions in controlling and finance at Pharmacia & Upjohn.
Ulf Mark Schneider, CEO of Fresenius, said: "Rice Powell and Mats Henriksson have outstanding track records in delivering excellent results for Fresenius Medical Care and Fresenius Kabi over many years. Both bring extensive leadership and industry experience to their new positions. I have worked closely with them for a long time and am very confident they will help us to seize the exciting growth opportunities ahead of us. At the same time, I would like to express my deep gratitude for Dr. Ben Lipps' and Rainer Baule's enormous contributions to our company's success over the last decades."
Dr. Gerd Krick, Chairman of the Fresenius Supervisory Board, stated: "We are pleased to appoint Rice Powell and Mats Henriksson to the Fresenius Management Board. Building on their expertise and leadership abilities, both will continue the extremely successful work of Dr. Ben Lipps and Rainer Baule as CEOs of Fresenius Medical Care and Fresenius Kabi. We were able to fill both Management Board positions from within our own ranks, which demonstrates the stability and strength of our management team and will ensure a smooth transition of leadership.''
This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Future results could differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements due to certain factors, e.g., changes in business, economic and competitive conditions, regulatory reforms, results of clinical trials, foreign exchange rate fluctuations, uncertainties in litigation or investigative proceedings, and the availability of financing. Fresenius does not undertake any responsibility to update the forward-looking statements in this release.
Fresenius AG (SE)
Fresenius is a health care group with international operations, providing products and services for dialysis, hospital and outpatient medical care. In 2011, Group sales were €16.5 billion. On December 31, 2011 the Fresenius Group had 149,351 employees worldwide.
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