Danaher HR and accounting leadership transition plans

Published on: 24 August 2021
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Angela S. Lalor will be replaced as senior vice president of human resources by Georgeann F. Couchara. The president and chief executive officer of Danaher, Rainer M. Blair, will be her boss. The Danaher Leadership Team and the Office of the Chief Executive will welcome Ms. Layton.

Additionally, the Company announced that Christopher M. Bouda will succeed Robert S. Lutz as Chief Accounting Officer of Danaher, effective January 1, 2022, reporting to Matthew R. McGrew, Danaher's Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Bouda is currently Vice President, Finance for Danaher. Mr. Lutz will continue to work with the Company on a part-time basis until his retirement in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Mr. Blair stated:

"I have had the distinct pleasure of working with Georgeann for nearly a decade. Her years of experience and success at Danaher, leading HR teams at the operating company, platform and corporate levels, uniquely position her to take on this important role. I am confident that Georgeann will help shepherd Danaher into our next chapter while ensuring we meet our evolving global talent needs."

Blair continued:

"It has been a privilege to work alongside Angie. Under her leadership, we have materially enhanced our capabilities in acquiring, developing and engaging the diverse talent needed to support Danaher's ambitious business strategies and objectives. Her passion for leadership development will have longstanding impact across the Company. We are pleased that Angie will continue to work with us for some time to ensure a seamless transition and provide the strategic counsel we value so highly."

Mr. McGrew added:

"Bob is a valued business partner to me and Danaher's entire leadership team. He has had a remarkable impact on our finance organization, advancing our capabilities and serving as a trusted mentor and coach to many. Bob has been involved in every significant Danaher transaction for the last twenty years, including acquisitions, debt and equity offerings, and the creation of two independent public companies. The totality of Bob's contributions has created tremendous value for associates and shareholders alike. I am confident that Chris will bring this same level of excellence to the role."

Ms. Lalor joined Danaher in 2012. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Lalor led the organizational and talent strategy in support of Danaher's portfolio evolution. Ms. Lalor is a National Academy of Human Resources Fellow.

Ms. Couchara joined Danaher in 2004. In her current role, Ms. Couchara is responsible for talent attraction, acquisition, leadership development, succession planning, associate engagement, and change management. Previously, she led Human Resources for the Life Sciences companies of Danaher and, prior to that, at multiple Danaher operating companies. Ms. Couchara earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Psychology and a Master of Arts in Industrial and Labor Relations from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from Georgetown University.

Mr. Lutz joined Danaher in 2002 and served in a series of progressively more responsible finance positions before his appointment to Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer in 2010.

Mr. Bouda joined Danaher in 2016 as Vice President, Finance.  Prior to Danaher, Mr. Bouda spent 12 years with General Electric in roles of increasing responsibility. Prior to General Electric, Mr. Bouda was employed with Deloitte & Touche and Arthur Andersen. Mr. Bouda holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting from University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a Certified Public Accountant.

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