Ilke Panzer
Chief Executive Officer, Greiner Bio-One International
Fredonia, Wisconsin
Visionary and Entrepreneurial Global Business Executive leading in the Diagnostics, Medical Device and Life Sciences sectors. Delivers outstanding results through strategic planning, research and development, commercialization, mergers and acquisitions, and organizational development. International profit and loss responsibility for up to $400M in revenues, teams of of 350, with budgets from startup to $65M.

Board Profile

Ilke Panzer has had global P/L responsibility for over $400M, leading international teams up to 350 employees at GE, DePuy/ Johnson and Johnson, and Versiti/BloodCenter of Wisconsin, leading diagnostic, medical devices, and life sciences divisions. Her budgets have ranged from start-ups to over $65M. She has evaluated, led, or integrated more than 30 acquisitions and mergers. Ilke grew GE’s Global Ultrasound P/L from $180M to $400M, improving margins by greater than 10% annually. She implemented an innovative technology platform across engineering teams in the US, Asia, and Europe, reducing product costs 30%. She launched 150 new products at Versiti increasing revenue 8X, and three at DePuy with $800M in revenues. Ilke has contributed to nine companies on their Board of Directors, providing strategies and insight for new product development, global expansion, and Mergers and Acquisitions. She is a six-sigma expert and bi-lingual in English and German.

Board Experience

Sartorius AG, Germany – Supervisory Board for a $4B publicly traded company    2017 – Present

Venture Investors – Scientific Advisor                                                                              2017 – Present

Wisconsin Technology Council – Vice Chair, Board of Directors                                 2010 – Present

Hessen Wisconsin Society – Vice Chair, Board of Directors                                          2018 – Present

Novir – Medical Advisory Board                                                                                                 2020 – 2022

Blood Center / Versiti – Executive & Committee representative to the board              2006 – 2018

DePuy Orthopedics Worldwide, Board Member with revenues of $4B                       2004 – 2006

DePuy US Operations, Board Member                                                                                   2004 – 2006

Florentine Opera Company – Board of Directors                                                               2002 – 2017

BioForward – Board of Directors                                                                                              2006 – 2009

Professional Summary

Pantec Studio, Inc. President and Founder, consulting division                                     2023

Assurance Laboratories, Chief Executive Officer                                                       2018- 2022

Versiti | BloodCenter of Wisconsin                                                                                               2006 – 2018                   Executive Vice President | Chief Innovation Officer, 2016 – 2018, Senior Vice President Diagnostic Laboratories, 2009 – 2018, Vice President, Diagnostic Laboratories, 2006 – 2008

DePuy Orthopedics, $8B global division of Johnson & Johnson Company                     2004 – 2005        Vice president, Worldwide Research and Product Development

General Electric Corporation, $123B global company                                                       1992 – 2004                 General Manager, Global Ultrasound, 2000 – 2004, E-business Manager – Supply Chain, Global Ultrasound, 2000, Quality Manager & Six Sigma Champion, Global Ultrasound, 1999                                                                           

Engineering/Project manager, Computer tomography, GE Medical Systems 1996 – 1998

Edison Engineer, GE Electric Distribution and Controls 1992 – 1996

Recognition & Awards

Women of Influence Award, Milwaukee Business Journal

Woman’s Achievement Award,  Super Star Award, and Six Sigma Champion Award, General Electric

Tau Beta Pi, National Engineering Honor Society

Published Two Chapters, International Personnel Management textbooks

Invited Speaker, NIH, National/International Conferences and Universities


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