What positions have you previously held and at what companies?
Most recently, I was President and CEO of Elekta AB, a cancer care company based in Sweden. Before that I was President and CEO of GE Healthcare’s Magnetic Resonance (MR) division and President and CEO of Siemens Limited China for six years. I also previously advised multiple Chinese municipalities, such as the cities of Beijing, Wuhan, and Kungming, on their infrastructure development.
Are you currently using your degree at Combinostics?
I have a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics from the University of Regensburg, Germany. While I’m not using it directly, my training as a physicist was vital to developing innovative new medical imaging technologies like MRI, a technology with which I was involved in many of my previous positions including my current role at Combinostics. It taught me how to make confident, evidence-based decisions. It also helps me understand the concepts behind our technology. I gained my business and leadership acumen during special training at the Fuqua School of Business (Duke University) and, of course, during my long career at different companies around the world.
What do you find most interesting about the healthcare technology space?
What’s the most memorable thing you’ve learned?
Is there a customer interaction that has stood out to you?
Tell us a fun or unique fact about yourself.
Have you attended an interesting conference, meeting, or event recently?
A wonderful performance comes to mind. I was lucky enough to see “Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman),” an opera by composer Richard Wagner, at the Bayreuth Opera Festival.
What vacation destination are you dreaming of?
I would love to travel the Pan American Highway (the longest road in the world) from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina in one of my Volkswagen buses.
If you have a question for Richard, or just want to chat about vintage VWs, you can find him at firstname.lastname@example.org.