Peer M. Schatz
Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director
Joined QIAGEN in 1993, and has been Chief Executive Officer since January 1, 2004. He was Chief Financial Officer between 1993 and 2003 and became a member of the Managing Board in 1998. Mr. Schatz was previously a partner in a private management buyout group in Switzerland, worked in finance and systems positions at Sandoz AG and Computerland, and participated in the founding of start-up companies in the computer and software trading industry in Europe and the United States.
Mr. Schatz graduated from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, with a Master’s degree in Finance in 1989 and obtained an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1991. Mr. Schatz served as a member of the German Corporate Governance Commission from 2002 to 2012. He is a board member of AdvaMedDx, a U.S. trade association that leads the effort to advance medical technology in order to achieve healthier lives and healthier economies around the world and ALDA (the Analytical, Life Science and Diagnostics Association), a trade association of developers and suppliers in these fields. He is also Managing Director of PS Capital Management GmbH.
Senior Vice President Molecular Diagnostics Business Area
Joined QIAGEN in February 2015 to lead QIAGEN’s growing presence in Molecular Diagnostics, the application of Sample to Insight solutions for molecular testing in human healthcare. Mr. Bernard previously worked at bioMérieux, where he served in roles of increasing responsibility for 15 years, most recently as Corporate Vice President, Global Commercial Operations, Investor Relations and the Greater China Region. Prior to joining bioMérieux, he served in management roles in multiple international environments. Mr. Bernard is a member of the Boards of Directors of three privately held U.S. companies, First Light Biosciences, HepatoChem and more recently, Daktari Diagnostics, where he also served as CEO. He has earned degrees from Sciences Po (Paris), Harvard Business School, London School of Economics and the College of Europe and is a member of French Foreign Trade Advisors.
Dr. Barthold Piening
Senior Vice President, Head of Global Operations
Joined QIAGEN in December 2018 as Senior Vice President, Head of Global Operations, and a member of the Executive Committee. Dr. Piening has more than 30 years of experience in strategy and operations in the pharmaceutical, life science and medical device industries. Prior to joining QIAGEN, he was Executive Board member in charge of production and technology for the German pharma company STADA. Dr. Piening had previously served as Chief Operating Officer and EC member of Acino Pharma, and before that as Head of Global Operations for Takeda Pharmaceuticals International. Earlier, he had roles of increasing responsibility at Byk Gulden, ALTANA Pharma and Nycomed. After studying pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Kiel in Germany and the University of Wales in Cardiff, U.K., he earned a degree in Pharmaceutics with Approbation and a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the University of Kiel. He also earned an MBA at WHU-Vallendar in Germany and Northwestern University in the United States.
Dr. Annette Koch
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Joined QIAGEN in 2018 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, overseeing all aspects of QIAGEN’s global Human Resources function. She came to QIAGEN from Eppendorf AG, where she had been Vice President Human Resources since 2013, supporting about 3,200 employees in 26 countries. Previously, she held roles of increasing responsibility from 2003 to 2013 with Boehringer Ingelheim. Dr. Koch started her career at The Boston Consulting Group in Düsseldorf, working on projects in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. She earned a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Hannover, and during her graduate studies also worked in the University of Southern California laboratory of Prof. George Andrew Olah, who had won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1994.
Manuel O. Méndez
Senior Vice President Global Commercial Operations
Joined QIAGEN in October 2014 as Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Operations, leading sales and marketing worldwide. Mr. Méndez has 25 years of experience in diagnostics and life sciences, most recently as Executive Vice President Americas for bioMérieux from 2010 – 2014. Previously he served in sales, marketing and general management roles with Abbott Laboratories, Thermo Fisher Scientific and OraSure Technologies – with leadership positions in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asian markets. He is on the advisory board of 908 Devices, a maker of point-of-need chemical analyzers. Mr. Méndez received a B.S. in biomedical Engineering from Boston University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Joined QIAGEN in 1999 as Vice President Finance and has been Chief Financial Officer since 2004. In 2006, Mr. Sackers became a member of the Managing Board. Between 1995 and 1999, he served as an auditor with Arthur Andersen Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft Steuerberatungsgesellschaft. Mr. Sackers earned his Master Degree in Business Administration (Diplom-Kaufmann) from the University of Münster, Germany. He is a former member of the Supervisory Board and Audit Committee of IBS AG and a former member of the board of directors of Operon Biotechnologies, Inc. Mr. Sackers is a board member of the industry association BIO Deutschland. He was previously a non-executive director and chair of the audit committee of Immunodiagnostic Systems Holdings PLC (IDS) from 2011 - 2018, a publicly listed producer of immunological tests for research and diagnostic applications in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Thomas Schweins
Senior Vice President, Life Science Business Area
Joined QIAGEN in 2004 as Vice President Corporate Strategy and was appointed Vice President Marketing & Strategy in 2005, where he was deeply involved in managing the global business toward Life Science customers. In late 2011, Dr. Schweins has assumed responsibility for Human Resources, and took over the leadership of the Life Science Business Area in 2017. Dr. Schweins came to QIAGEN from The Boston Consulting Group. He previously worked as Technology Manager, and later as an Assistant to the Management Board at Hoechst / Aventis. Dr. Schweins earned an M.Sc. Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Hanover. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Max Planck Society and received an M.Sc. from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, where he studied Business Administration and Chemistry.
Dr. Jonathan Sheldon
Senior Vice President, Bioinformatics Business Area
Joined QIAGEN in 2018 as Senior Vice President, Bioinformatics Business Area. He leads QIAGEN's growing presence in bioinformatics, enabling customers to transform raw data from biological samples into valuable molecular insights. Dr. Sheldon came to QIAGEN from Oracle, where he was Global Vice President leading Oracle's Healthcare business globally in the Health Sciences Global Business Unit and served on the executive committee. Previously, he established the bioinformatics group and served as Head of Bioinformatics at Roche (UK) Pharmaceuticals, as well as providing leadership in software firms serving the life science and healthcare sectors. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Drug Information Association (DIA). He received his B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Cambridge.