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The Group Operating Council carries out the Group's strategy and handles the day-to-day business. As of July 15th, 2018, the Group Operating Council consists of the following members:

Dr. Gilles G. Martin. Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Eurofins Scientific Group. Dr. Martin graduated from Ecole Centrale in Paris, and subsequently obtained a Master of Science from Syracuse University (New York) and a PhD in Statistics and Applied Mathematics. Founding the original Eurofins Scientific Nantes food authenticity testing laboratory in 1987, "Dr. Martin has expanded the company into a global bioanalytical group of more than 800 laboratories employing about 45,000 staff in 47 countries." Dr. Martin is a member of the Board of Directors of Bruker Corp. (NASDAQ: BRKR), serving as an independent director. He is also a past President of the French Association of private analytical laboratories APROLAB, and of the North American Technical Committee for Juice and Juice Products (TCJJP) and of public bodies supporting innovation and entrepreneurship.

Dr. Andreas König. Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to joining Eurofins in January 2016, Dr. König was CIO of ProSiebenSat1 Media AG - one of Europe's largest media companies – responsible for IT and Production. Before that he served as CIO and COO with First Data. He started his career in management consulting with Accenture. Dr. König  holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Technical University of Vienna.

David Besnault. Group Executive Vice President Environment Testing Europe, and Food & Environment testing Asia Pacific. Prior to joining Eurofins in 2012, Mr. Besnault was Vice-President and General Manager for the Paper & Packaging operations at Imerys. He started his career as a management consultant within A.T. Kearney. He then moved to industry (Solvay/Rhodia, ArjoWiggins, Imerys), where he held several General Manager positions. Mr. Besnault graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE in Paris.

Dirk Bontridder. Group Executive Vice President BioPharma Services, and Clinical Diagnostics Services US. Prior to joining Eurofins in 2008, Mr. Bontridder was the General Manager of Port of Singapore Authorities (PSA) – Hesse-Noord Natie, a large diversified stevedore and logistic player in the Port of Antwerp & Zeebrugge. Mr. Bontridder started his career first at Alcatel and later as an IT manager with Getronics and Software AG. He then gained an executive MBA from the Vlerick Business School and joined McKinsey & Company as a management consultant serving customers in banking, high-tech and transport & logistics. Mr. Bontridder obtained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Brussels.

Laurent Lebras. Group Administration and Finance Director. Mr. Lebras joined Eurofins in 2015 from L’Oreal, where he served as CFO for the Asia-Pacific region. Mr. Lebras graduated from HEC Paris and started his career at Energy Trading Corp. in New York as an International Controller and Domestic Business Manager. He then joined L’Oreal Paris as a SAP finance expert and marketing controller, growing into leadership positions as Director of Controlling & Finance for Gemey-Maybelline France, then Director of Finance and Operations (CFO) in South Korea, and became VP for Finance and Operations (CFO) for L’Oreal Japan, before eventually taking over the finance function for L’Oreal Asia-Pacific. 

Dr. Markus Brandmeier. Group Executive Vice President Human Resources, Communication and Marketing. Dr. Brandmeier joined the Group in 2005 with extensive management experience in the Food & Retail industries, having worked previously at the Tengelmann Group. He held a variety of senior roles during his 9 years there, notably as Managing Director of Group subsidiaries specialized in food production, sales & distribution and quality management. Dr. Brandmeier has a degree in Economics and a PhD in Industrial Science obtained from the University in Karlsruhe. 

Rajesh Saigal. Group Executive Vice President Asia, Middle East and Consumer Product Testing. Mr Saigal joined Eurofins on 15 July 2019, with a wealth of senior executive and strategic experience with international American and European corporates including Intertek, Honeywell, Danfoss and Gewiss. With extensive knowledge in building and developing businesses, and strong experience within the TIC industry, Mr Saigal’s role is twofold. Mr Saigal leads most of Eurofins operations in Asia and the Middle East, and the Group’s Consumer Product Testing businesses. Mr Saigal holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Delhi College of Engineering, as well as an MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Institute of Management Technology, India, and has completed an Executive Education Programme at the Indian School of Business and a Senior Executive Programme at London Business School.

Brian Williams

Brian Williams. Group Senior Vice President - Global Environmental Operational Best Practices (OBP); Environmental Testing (all Americas); and Food Testing (Latin America). Mr. Williams joined Eurofins in 2017 with 30 years’ experience in the Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC) sector. The global OBP role is primarily responsible for ensuring that Eurofins Environment Testing businesses share the best practice in technology, efficiency and sensitivity. Prior to joining Eurofins, Mr. Williams was the Group General Manager of the Global Minerals Division at ALS Limited (ASX:ALQ). His 30 year career with ALS extended Global and Divisional Group General Management roles across Minerals testing (Hard rock Geochemistry, Metallurgy, Inspection, Solid Fuels), Environmental, Food, Pharmaceutical, Tribology, Non Destructive Testing and Condition Monitoring.  Mr. Williams graduated from Griffith University (Australia) with a Bsc in Environmental Studies, holds a Graduate Diploma in General Management from CQ University (Australia), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Dr. Bruno Poddevin. Group Senior Vice President, Genomic Services and Forensics services. Dr. Poddevin graduated from Ecole Centrale in Paris. He subsequently obtained a PhD in Molecular Biology from Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris and an advanced degree in BioMedical Sciences from Institut de Formation Supérieure BioMédicale (Paris) and performed his post-doctoral training at the National Cancer Institue (Bethesda MD, USA). Dr. Poddevin has 25 years of professional experience in the DNA industry holding various research, development and management roles in biotech start-ups as well as large life-science corporations. He took-over the responsibility of the genomics services business at Eurofins in 2005.

David W. Bryant. Group Senior Vice President, Food Testing and Clinical Diagnostics Infectious Disease Testing North America. Mr. Bryant graduated from North Carolina State University in Economics and Industrial Engineering and was commissioned an officer in the U.S. Marines. After serving as an Infantry Officer in Desert Storm, he began his clinical laboratory career with Dianon Systems (NASDAQ:DIAN). After the acquisition by Lab Corp (NYSE:LH), Mr. Bryant co-founded CBLPath, Inc. and capitalized and scaled the business before selling it to Sonic Healthcare (ASX: SHL). Post-merger, he was appointed CEO for Sonic Healthcare USA, the third largest full-service clinical laboratory in the US. In 2014, he left to co-found SeLux Diagnostics, a Cambridge-based diagnostics company with a synthetic laboratory enzyme platform. He has served on the board of the American Clinical Laboratory Association as well as various private equity-backed healthcare services companies. Mr. Bryant is also the Secretary of the Board of the USO of NC.

François Vigneau. Group Senior Vice President Food and Feed Testing Western Europe and Southern Europe. Mr. Vigneau graduated from Institut National Agronomique in Paris. Having started his career within the Danone Group as quality and process manager in several biscuits plants, Mr. Vigneau joined Eurofins in 1996 as Operations Manager for the Nantes Laboratory. He took over the full responsibility of the Food Testing Division for France in 2008, for Southern Europe in 2013 and for Western Europe in 2018. In parallel, Mr. Vigneau is a key leader driving the IT programme initiatives for the Group’s Food Testing division. In addition, he serves as President of the French Association of private analytical laboratories APROLAB.

Gabriel Julia. Group Senior Vice President Clinical Diagnostics Europe. Mr. Julia joined Eurofins in 2011 to take growing responsibilities over the Nordic and Central European regions for Food and Environment Testing, Prior to joining Eurofins, he had an international career in the packaging industry, holding various Business Development and General Manager positions and successfully turning around companies in China (cosmetics packaging) and Spain (flexible packaging). Mr. Julia graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris.

Klaus Kuegler. Group Senior Vice President, Agroscience services. Mr. Kuegler graduated with a degree in Economics from the University of Muenster. He started his career in 1989 at Arthur Andersen (corporate accountancy services), where he spent 9 years working as a CPA and tax advisor. Mr. Kuegler has led various restructurings, mergers & acquisitions; and guided the IPO of a Biotech laboratory as an independent CPA both in Europe and the USA. In 2010, he stepped into a permanent role with Eurofins, taking responsibility for the Agroscience Services division with global accountability for a geographically diverse and dynamic organization.

Dr. Timothy S. Oostdyk. Group Senior Vice President, BioPharma Product Testing. Dr. Oostdyk graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. He subsequently obtained a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from Villanova University in Philadelphia. Dr. Oostdyk has extensive and diverse experience in the laboratory testing industry, and has published numerous technical and industry related papers. Over the last 25 years he has served in a variety of senior management roles, including President of Lancaster Laboratories where he led service line diversification and international expansion, and then integration in to Eurofins. Today he leads a geographically diverse and growing portfolio of laboratories serving the pharmaceutical, biologics, and medical device industries. 

Yvoine Rémy-McCort. Senior Vice President Environment Testing Europe. Ms. Rémy-McCort joined Eurofins in 2016 to take responsibilities for Food & Environment testing over the Nordic, Central & Eastern European regions. Prior to joining Eurofins, Ms. Rémy-McCort started her career setting up an NGO in the Philippines and then had an international career in healthcare (Air Liquide) and optics (Essilor), in various business development and general management positions, including some 15 years based in the Asia-Pacific region. Of Australian, New Zealand and French citizenships, Ms. Rémy-McCort is a graduate of HEC Paris (MBA), of the University of Otago (marketing), and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Mark Thys. Chief Transformation Officer. Mr. Thys joined Eurofins in September 2019, after twenty years with Goodyear, where he had growing responsibilities in various countries, in the domains of Finance, Project Leadership, Sales, and General Management, to most recently holding the position of Managing Director of Sales & Operations EMEA. A commercial engineer by education, Mr. Thys also is an alumnus of Erasmus University Rotterdam and IESE Business School.

Joachim Reichelt. Senior Vice President Food & Feed Testing Europe. Mr. Reichelt joined Eurofins in October 2019, continuing his 18-year-career in the food and private equity sector. He spent the majority of his professional life in developing the reach and operations of frozen food retailer Eismann, followed by several years with Aryzta Group and most recently, Mr. Reichelt held the position of CEO at Hofmann Menu, a Partners Group portfolio company, which also acts on the frozen food market. Mr. Reichelt holds qualifications from Strathclyde Graduate School of Business and a BBA from the Open University in the UK.

Dr. Christian Wurst. Chief Operating Officer Food & Environment Testing. Since joining Eurofins in October 2019, Dr. Wurst has been tasked with the rollout of best practices and the implementation of key operations projects in the Food & Environment business lines across the world. Dr. Wurst joined Eurofins from Panalpina, one of the world’s leading providers of supply chain solutions, where he served as Regional CEO Europe. Prior to that role, he held positions in the logistics industry with CEVA Logistics, Wincanton and DB Schenker. Dr. Wurst holds a Master of Science from WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management and a Ph.D. from Kassel University.