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Board of Directors

Harry M. Jansen Kraemer, Jr.

Mr. Kraemer is an Executive Partner of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to joining Madison Dearborn Partners in 2005, he was the chairman and chief executive officer of Baxter International Inc., a global healthcare company, until April 2004. Mr. Kraemer had been a director of Baxter International since 1995, chairman of the board since 2000, president since 1997 and chief executive officer since 1999. Mr. Kraemer now serves as clinical professor of management and strategy at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Kraemer currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Leidos Holdings, Inc. (formerly SAIC, Inc.), where he is the chairman of the Audit Committee, Patterson Medical, Sage Products, LLC, Sirona Dental Systems, Inc., Option Care and NorthShore University Health System; on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University; on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the J.L. Kellogg School of Management; and on the board of trustees of The Conference Board. In the past five years, Mr. Kraemer also served as a Director of Catamaran Corp. and Ikaria, Inc. Mr. Kraemer earned a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Lawrence University and an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s J.L. Kellogg School of Management.

Experience and Qualifications: Mr. Kraemer’s prior long-term, senior level experience at a major global healthcare company, including serving as chairman and chief executive officer, and his expertise in financial accounting, international business transactions and strategy, along with his independence, make him a valuable member of the Board. 

Nicholas W. Alexos

Mr. Alexos is a Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to co-founding Madison Dearborn Partners in 1992, he was with First Chicago Venture Capital for four years. Prior to that position, Mr. Alexos was with The First National Bank of Chicago. He concentrates on investments in the healthcare sector and currently also serves on the Boards of Directors of Option Care, Patterson Medical and Sage Products, LLC. In addition, Mr. Alexos serves on the Board of Trustees of the Lake Forest Country Day School, Metro Squash and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business Council. In the past five years, Mr. Alexos also served as a Director of Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. and Ikaria, Inc. Mr. Alexos earned a B.A. in business administration from Loyola University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.

Experience and Qualifications: Mr. Alexos’ senior management experience as a Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, board and advisory experience with other companies in the healthcare industry and his extensive experience in the areas of finance, financial accounting, international business transactions and mergers and acquisitions, along with his independence, make him a valuable member of the Board. 

Robert L. Barchi, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Barchi has been President of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, since 2012. Dr. Barchi served as President of Thomas Jefferson University from 2004 to 2012. Prior to that, he was Provost of the University of Pennsylvania, having served in various capacities at that institution for more than 30 years. He was Chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Neurology and founding Chair of its Department of Neuroscience. Dr. Barchi also served as the Director of the Mahoney Institute of Neurological Sciences for more than 12 years. In addition to his clinical and administrative responsibilities, he has been published extensively in the field of ion channel research and has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. In the past five years, Dr. Barchi served as a director of Covance, Inc. Dr. Barchi earned a B.S. and an M.S. from Georgetown University, as well as a Ph.D. and an M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Experience and Qualifications: Dr. Barchi’s senior leadership experience within the healthcare industry, as both the President of a major healthcare organization and as a Board member of a drug development services company, along with his independence, make him a valuable member of the Board.

 

Edward A. Blechschmidt

Mr. Blechschmidt is a retired corporate executive, having served in a variety of executive roles. He was chief executive officer of Novelis Corp. from 2006 until its sale to the Aditya Birla Group in 2007. Mr. Blechschmidt was chairman, chief executive officer and president of Gentiva Health Services, Inc., a leading provider of specialty pharmaceutical and home health care services, from 2000 to 2002. From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Blechschmidt served as chief executive officer and a director of Olsten Corporation, the conglomerate from which Gentiva Health Services was split off and taken public. He served as president of Olsten Corporation from 1998 to 1999. Mr. Blechschmidt also served as president and chief executive officer of Siemens Nixdorf America and Siemens Pyramid Technologies from 1996 to 1998. Prior to Siemens, he spent more than 20 years with Unisys Corporation, including serving as its chief financial officer. Mr. Blechschmidt serves as a member of the board of directors of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. In addition, he served on the board of directors of Healthsouth Corp. from 2004 to 2012, Columbia Laboratories from 2004 to 2014 and Diamond Foods from 2008 to 2016. Mr. Blechschmidt earned a B.S. in business administration from Arizona State University and is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Board Leadership Fellow. 

Experience and Qualifications: Mr. Blechschmidt’s senior leadership experience, including as chief executive officer and chief financial officer, current and past experience as a board member at other companies and extensive knowledge of governance practices and principles, and his experience in finance, strategy and financial accounting (including qualification as an audit committee financial expert), along with his independence, make him a valuable member of the Board. 
 

Manuel A.H. Brocke-Benz

Mr. Brocke-Benz was named our President and Chief Executive Officer on January 3, 2013. From July 25, 2012 to January 3, 2013, Mr. Brocke-Benz served as our interim Chief Executive Officer, while also serving as the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Europe, Lab and Distribution Services, a position he held since January 2006. Prior to assuming his position as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Europe, Lab and Distribution Services, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Continental Europe from 2003 to 2005 and as Corporate Senior Vice President, Process Excellence from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Brocke-Benz initially joined the Company in 1987. Mr. Brocke-Benz is currently a member of the board of directors of Patterson Medical. Mr. Brocke-Benz earned a law degree from Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany.

Experience and Qualifications: Mr. Brocke-Benz’s leadership role and more than 25 years of service with us in a variety of senior-level positions, together with his extensive knowledge of our business, strategy and industry on an international basis and his training as a lawyer make him a valuable member of the Board. 

 

Robert P. DeCresce, M.D.

Dr. DeCresce is the Harriet B. Borland Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology at Rush Medical College in Chicago, Illinois. He also currently serves as Associate Vice President for Ancillary Services, is a member of the Board of Trustees and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at Rush University Medical Center. Prior to joining Rush Medical in 1991, he served at Michael Reese Hospital and MetPath Laboratories, also in Chicago, Illinois. In addition, he has served as a consultant to a number of in-vitro diagnostic companies over the past 20 years. Dr. DeCresce earned a B.S. from Boston College, as well as an M.D., M.P.H., and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

Experience and Qualifications: Dr. DeCresce’s senior leadership experience at a medical college and past board member and current consulting experience to companies within the healthcare industry, along with his independence, make him a valuable member of the Board. 

Pamela Forbes Lieberman

 Ms. Forbes Lieberman has served in a variety of executive roles. From March 2006 to August 2006, she served as interim Chief Operating Officer of Entertainment Resource, Inc., which was a distribution business in the entertainment industry. Ms. Forbes Lieberman served as president, chief executive officer and a Board member of TruServ Corporation (now known as True Value Company), a member-owned hardware cooperative, from November 2001 to November 2004, as TruServ’s chief operating officer and chief financial officer from July 2001 through November 2001, and as TruServ’s chief financial officer from March 2001 through July 2001. Prior to March 2001, she held chief financial officer positions at ShopTalk Inc., The Martin-Brower Company, L.L.C. and Fel-Pro Inc., as well as financial leadership positions at Kraft Foods, Inc. and Bunzl Building Supply Inc. Ms. Forbes Lieberman currently serves on the Board of Directors of A.M. Castle & Co., where she is chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee and the Governance Committee, Standard Motor Products, Inc., where she is a member of the Audit Committee, the Compensation and Management Development Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and is co-chair of the Strategy Committee, and Kreher Steel Company. In addition, Ms. Forbes Lieberman serves on the Board of Trustees at Rush University Medical Center. Ms. Forbes Lieberman earned an M.B.A. from Northwestern University J.L. Kellogg School of Management and a B.S. in accounting from the University of Illinois, Champaign. Ms. Forbes Lieberman, a Certified Public Accountant, began her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Experience and Qualifications: Ms. Forbes Lieberman’s senior leadership experience at several distribution and manufacturing companies, including as chief executive officer, chief financial officer and board member, her expertise in finance and financial accounting (including qualification as an audit committee financial expert), as well as her expertise in culture and communications, along with her independence, make her a valuable member of the Board. 

 

Timothy P. Sullivan

Mr. Sullivan is a Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm based in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to co-founding Madison Dearborn Partners in 1992, Mr. Sullivan was with First Chicago Venture Capital for four years after having served in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Sullivan concentrates on investments in the healthcare sector and currently also serves on the Board of Directors of Kaufman Hall, Option Care, Patterson Medical, Sage Products, LLC and Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. In addition, he is on the Boards of Trustees of Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare, the United States Naval Academy Foundation, Loyola Academy and Northlight Theatre. He also serves on the investment committee of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. In the past five years, Mr. Sullivan also served on the Board of Ikaria, Inc. Mr. Sullivan earned a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy, an M.S. from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Experience and Qualifications: Mr. Sullivan’s senior management experience as a Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, board and advisory experience with other companies in the healthcare industry, and his extensive experience in the areas of finance, strategy, international business transactions and mergers and acquisitions, along with his independence, make him a valuable member of the Board. 

 

Robert J. Zollars

Mr. Zollars is the Chairman of Vocera Communications, Inc., a healthcare technology company. From June 2013 until June 2014, Mr. Zollars served as the executive chairman of Vocera. Mr. Zollars also served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vocera Communications from June 2007 until June 2013. Prior to Vocera Communications, he served as the president, chief executive officer and a Director of Wound Care Solutions, LLC, a private equity backed business serving the chronic wound care segment of healthcare, from June 2006 through April 2007. From June 1999 until March 2006, Mr. Zollars was the chairman and CEO of Neoforma, Inc., a healthcare technology company, focusing on supply chain. Prior to joining Neoforma, he was the executive vice president and group president of Cardinal Health, Inc., where he was responsible for five subsidiaries. From 1992 until 1996, Mr. Zollars was the president of the Hospital Supply and Scientific Product distribution businesses at Baxter International Inc. Mr. Zollars also currently serves as a Director of Five9, Inc. In the past five years, Mr. Zollars served as a director of Diamond Foods, Inc. Mr. Zollars also serves as an Operating Partner at Frazier Healthcare Partners and as a Trustee of Arizona State University. Mr. Zollars graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from John F. Kennedy University.

Experience and Qualifications: Mr. Zollars’ experience as a chief executive officer, extensive senior management experience in various positions within the healthcare industry, and board member experience at other companies, along with his independence, make him a valuable member of the Board.

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