Leading the Race

Our Leaders

With diverse skills and a shared purpose,
our leaders believe in Danaher,
encourage professional growth on all levels
and lead by example.

Executive Officers

Thomas P. Joyce, Jr. - President and Chief Executive Officer
Thomas P Joyce Jr

Tom Joyce is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Danaher Corporation. Since September of 2014, Tom has led Danaher’s $17B global, multi-industry portfolio of businesses. With the help of Danaher’s 60,000 associates world-wide, he has strengthened Danaher’s focus as a leading science and technology company through the strategic acquisition of more than two dozen companies, and the spin-off of Fortive Corporation into an independent, publicly traded company.

Tom brings more than 25 years of deep and diverse Danaher leadership experience to his role. Since joining Danaher in 1989, Tom has held progressive leadership roles in marketing, manufacturing and general management. Throughout his tenure, Tom has played a key role in developing and evolving the Danaher Business System, the corporation’s proprietary tool set for customer-centric continuous improvement. A dedicated people leader, Tom has also spearheaded far-reaching efforts to align the company and culture around a shared purpose, and to build a deeply engaged workforce at all levels.

"We’ve always believed that the best team wins. But we’ve learned that the best team is also the most engaged team. The best, most engaged team is deeply committed to its organization’s purpose, its reason for being.”

Tom was promoted to Group Executive and Corporate Officer in 2002 and Executive Vice President in 2006. Just prior to his current role, he had responsibility for the Water Quality platform and Life Sciences & Diagnostics segments of the corporation.

Before joining Danaher, Tom spent seven years in the manufacturing practice group at Andersen Consulting. He earned a B.S. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, where he now sits on the Board of Trustees. He and his wife Claire live in Washington, D.C., and have four children.

 

 

Daniel L. Comas - Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Daniel L Comas

As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial, Dan Comas leads Danaher’s Finance, Accounting, Tax, Corporate Development, IR, IT, Procurement, and Treasury teams. 

Dan joined Danaher Corporate Development in 1991 and assumed leadership for mergers and acquisitions as Vice President, Corporate Development five years later. In 1999 he added responsibility for the Corporate Treasury team and, in 2004, was appointed Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Development with an expanded role that included legal services and corporate risk management. He was appointed to his current role in 2005. Over the course of Dan’s 25-year career at Danaher, the company has completed more than 250 acquisitions worth more than $42 billion.

“A company must be able to deliver real return on capital within a reasonable time period. We spend a lot of time in due diligence looking at how we can quickly improve margins, drive growth and generate cash flow. We answer a simple question: Is this a good business strategically, and can we make the numbers?”

Dan received his undergraduate degree in Economics from Georgetown University and his M.B.A. from Stanford University. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Leigh, and four children.

Rainer M. Blair - Executive Vice President

In his role as Executive Vice President, Rainer Blair provides strategic and operational leadership for Danaher's Life Sciences businesses. Rainer has been instrumental in several key Danaher acquisitions including, most recently, Pall Corporation, where he served as President & CEO to ensure the company's successful transition into Danaher. Rainer is also a valued member of our Diversity and Inclusion Council. 

"We focus on achieving real results - improving relationships with our customers, driving operational and commercial execution, delivering on quality. In turn, our results allow us to reinvest in innovation and drive competitive advantage. That's the power of DBS. The power of the Danaher."

Rainer joined Danaher in 2010 as President of North America & Europe for Videojet and was promoted to President of SCIEX in 2011. Prior to Danaher, Rainer was President and CEO for MAPEI Americas, a $2.3 billion global, diversified construction chemical corporation. He previously spent 15 years with BASF Group on three continents with progressively larger roles. He earned his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst and his M.S. from Boston University.

William K. Daniel, II - Executive Vice President
William K Daniel II

William “Dan” Daniel leads innovation across a broad spectrum of Danaher’s businesses in his role overseeing our Diagnostics and Dental businesses. Dan also plays an instrumental role in evolving the company culture with respect to Diversity and Inclusion, as the executive sponsor for Danaher’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. 

As an experienced and respected leader of both business operations and people, Dan has been an executive officer at Danaher for over 10 years and an Executive Vice President since 2008. 

“In today’s world, our continued success depends on connecting our leading portfolio of science and technology companies with the best global leaders and innovators. Using the Danaher Business System, our teams passionately serve customers with enthusiasm, humility, and integrity.” 

Prior to Danaher, Dan spent 19 years with Arvin and ArvinMeritor in a variety of positions, including Senior Vice President and President, Light Vehicle Aftermarket. He earned his B.A. from DePauw University and his M.B.A. from The Darden School at The University of Virginia. With a passion for education, he has served on a variety of community public-private partnerships and is currently a Trustee of DePauw University.

Brian Ellis - Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Brian W Ellis

Brian Ellis joined Danaher as Senior Vice President and General Counsel in January 2016, bringing a wealth of experience leading and developing global legal teams and supporting business growth.  

Brian leads Danaher’s global legal organization and ensures a strong culture of integrity and compliance. His areas of responsibility including corporate governance, quality assurance and regulatory affairs, intellectual property and risk management as well as the company’s environment, health and safety group.

“Our culture, exemplified by our core values, truly unlocks the potential in our customers, businesses and associates. Our culture is a unique competitive advantage.”

Brian was most recently General Counsel of Medtronic’s Restorative Therapies Group. In previous roles, he served as Chief Compliance Officer, and later General Counsel of Monitoring Solutions and Services, at GE Healthcare. Early in his career, he was a partner in private law firms and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Brian received his undergraduate degree from Lake Forest College and his J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland with his wife, Jeanette, and three children.

William H. King, IV - Senior Vice President, Strategic Development
William H King IV

As Senior Vice President, Strategic Development, Bill King oversees market development, deal sourcing and commercial diligence, with responsibility for the company’s strategic planning process, including tools and training. He partners closely with Daniel Raskas and the Corporate Development team to drive growth in our existing businesses through mergers and acquisitions.

Bill joined Danaher in 1998 and has served as Managing Director of the Special Purpose Systems Motion Control Group, as well as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Motion Control Group.

“Innovation defines our future, and we are continuously looking for opportunities to improve our customers’ workflows, and deliver meaningful innovation in hardware, software and consumables. We’re looking and acting in the places where innovation is most effective and really drives us forward.”

Before joining Danaher, Bill held positions of increasing responsibility in live production and logistics for Perdue, Inc. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. in Economics from University of Maryland.

Angela S. Lalor - Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Angela S Lalor

As Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Angie Lalor has global responsibility for the acquisition, development and engagement of the diverse talent needed to support Danaher’s business strategies and objectives. Since joining the company in 2012, she and her team have worked to drive the Danaher Business System into every part of the organization, with a particular focus on developing leaders. She is also a valued member of our Diversity and Inclusion Council.

“We have a broad array of resources that give our associates and our leaders the capabilities they need to thrive in the Danaher and DBS culture. Our talent development programs are designed to meet associates and leaders where they are in their career, from individual contributors to first-time front-line supervisors all the way to platform and group business leaders.”

Angie came to Danaher from 3M, where she served 22 years in a series of roles of progressive responsibility, including her final role as Senior Vice President of HR for the company. She led a team of HR professionals across 3M’s global business, driving high performance in the areas of human capital planning, talent acquisition and development, succession planning, engagement and total rewards.

Angie, a native of the Midwest, holds a B.A. in Psychology from University of Northern Iowa and an M.A. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources from the University of Iowa. She has lived and worked in multiple regions of the US and in Europe, and currently resides in Washington, DC with her husband, Tom, and three children. 

Robert S. Lutz - Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

As Danaher’s Chief Accounting Officer, Bob Lutz brings nearly 15 years of deep experience with the Danaher Business System (DBS) to his role leading the company’s accounting operations and financial reporting functions.

Bob joined Danaher in 2002 as Vice President, Audit & Reporting before moving into the position of Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer less than a year later. He was appointed Senior Vice President in 2010.

Before joining Danaher, Bob held various positions, including partner, during 20+ years at Arthur Andersen LLP. He received his bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Tulsa. 

Daniel Raskas - Senior Vice President, Corporate Development
Daniel Raskas

As Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, Daniel Raskas leads mergers and acquisitions in partnership with Bill King and oversees investment activity, including identification, valuation, due diligence, contract strategy and negotiations.

Daniel joined Danaher in 2004, originally serving as Vice President of Corporate Development, and was promoted to his current role in 2010. Throughout his tenure, he has led business development across the company and overseen a number of major acquisitions, including Beckman Coulter and Pall.

Before joining Danaher, Daniel was a partner at Thayer Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on buyout and growth equity investments in the middle market. He also served as an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP for several years, where he specialized in transactional work including M&A and public offerings.

Daniel received a B.A. in Government from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Board of Directors

Thomas P. Joyce, Jr.
Thomas P. Joyce, Jr.

Tom Joyce is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Danaher Corporation. Since September of 2014, Tom has led Danaher’s $17B global, multi-industry portfolio of businesses. With the help of Danaher’s 60,000 associates world-wide, he has strengthened Danaher’s focus as a leading science and technology company through the strategic acquisition of more than two dozen companies, and the spin-off of Fortive Corporation into an independent, publicly traded company.

Tom brings more than 25 years of deep and diverse Danaher leadership experience to his role. Since joining Danaher in 1989, Tom has held progressive leadership roles in marketing, manufacturing and general management. Throughout his tenure, Tom has played a key role in developing and evolving the Danaher Business System, the corporation’s proprietary tool set for customer-centric continuous improvement. A dedicated people leader, Tom has also spearheaded far-reaching efforts to align the company and culture around a shared purpose, and to build a deeply engaged workforce at all levels.

"We’ve always believed that the best team wins. But we’ve learned that the best team is also the most engaged team. The best, most engaged team is deeply committed to its organization’s purpose, its reason for being.”

Tom was promoted to Group Executive and Corporate Officer in 2002 and Executive Vice President in 2006. Just prior to his current role, he had responsibility for the Water Quality platform and Life Sciences & Diagnostics segments of the corporation.

Before joining Danaher, Tom spent seven years in the manufacturing practice group at Andersen Consulting. He earned a B.S. in Economics from the College of the Holy Cross, where he now sits on the Board of Trustees. He and his wife Claire live in Washington, D.C., and have four children.

 

 

Donald J. Ehrlich

Mr. Ehrlich served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Schwab Corp., a manufacturer of fire-protective safes, files, cabinets and vault doors, from January 2003 until his retirement in July 2008, and has also served on the boards of private and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Ehrlich also founded and served as the chairman and chief executive officer of an NYSE-listed publicly-traded manufacturing company, and has founded and served as CEO of two privately held manufacturing companies. As an entrepreneur and business leader who began his career on the factory floor, has been awarded over fifteen patents and worked his way to leadership of an NYSE-listed publiclytraded company, Mr. Ehrlich has a broad understanding of the strategic challenges and opportunities facing a publiclytraded company such as Danaher. He also has a broad, functional skill-set in the areas of engineering, finance, capital allocation and executive compensation.

Linda Hefner Filler

Ms. Hefner Filler has served as President of Retail Products and Chief Merchandising Officer of Walgreen Co., a national drugstore chain, since January 2015. From March 2013 until June 2014, Ms. Hefner Filler served as President, North America of Claire’s Stores, Inc., a specialty retailer; from May 2007 to June 2012, as Executive Vice President of Wal-Mart Stores Inc., an operator of retail stores and warehouse clubs, and from April 2009 to June 2012 also as Chief Merchandising Officer for Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart; and from May 2004 through December 2006, as Executive Vice President—Global Strategy for Kraft Foods Inc., a food and beverage company.

Ms. Hefner Filler has served in senior management roles with leading retail and consumer goods companies, with general management responsibilities and responsibilities in the areas of marketing, branding and merchandising. Understanding and responding to the needs of our customers is fundamental to Danaher’s business strategy, and Ms. Hefner Filler’s keen marketing and branding insights have been a valuable resource to Danaher’s Board. Her prior leadership experiences with large public companies have given her valuable perspective for matters of global portfolio strategy and capital allocation as well as global business practices.

Robert J. Hugin

Mr. Hugin has served as Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Celgene Corp., a global biopharmaceutical company, since March 2016. Since joining Celgene in 1999, he has served in a series of progressively more responsible leadership positions including serving as Chairman of the Board from 2011 to March 2016 and as Chief Executive Officer from June 2010 until March 2016. Prior to joining Celgene, Mr. Hugin served as a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc., which he joined in 1985. From 1976 to 1983, Mr. Hugin served as a United States Marine Corps infantry officer. Mr. Hugin is also a director of The Medicines Company. Mr. Hugin was originally proposed to the Nominating and Governance Committee for election as a director by a third party recruiting firm.

Mr. Hugin’s extensive biopharmaceutical leadership experience gives him unique insights into the strategic opportunities and challenges facing companies that serve the medical and life sciences industries, which are key areas of focus for Danaher. Mr. Hugin has also served as Chairman of the board of directors of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and is a member of the board of trustees of Princeton University, through which he has gained valuable knowledge of regulatory, legal and legislative issues affecting the industries we serve.

Teri List-Stoll

Ms. List-Stoll has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Gap Inc., a global clothing retailer, since January 2017. Prior to joining Gap, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dick’s Sporting Goods, Inc., a sporting goods retailer, from August 2015 to August 2016, and with Kraft Foods Group, Inc., a food and beverage company, as Advisor from March 2015 to May 2015, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from December 2013 to February 2015 and as Senior Vice President of Finance from September 2013 to December 2013. From 1994 to September 2013, Ms. ListStoll served in a series of progressively more responsible positions in the accounting and finance organization of The Procter & Gamble Company, a consumer goods company, most recently as Senior Vice President and Treasurer. Prior to joining Procter & Gamble, Ms. List-Stoll was employed by the accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche for almost ten years. Ms. List-Stoll is a member of the board of directors of Microsoft Corporation.

Ms. List-Stoll’s experience dealing with complex finance and accounting matters for Gap, Dick’s, Kraft and Procter & Gamble have given her an appreciation for and understanding of the similarly complex finance and accounting matters that Danaher faces. In addition, through her leadership roles with large, global companies she has insight into the business practices that are critical to the success of a large, growing public company such as Danaher.

Walter G. Lohr, Jr.

Mr. Lohr was a partner of Hogan Lovells, a global law firm, for over five years until retiring in June 2012 and has also served on the boards of private and non-profit organizations.

Prior to his tenure at Hogan Lovells, Mr. Lohr served as assistant attorney general for the State of Maryland. He has extensive experience advising companies in a broad range of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, contests for corporate control and securities offerings. His extensive knowledge of the legal strategies, issues and dynamics that pertain to mergers and acquisitions and capital raising has been a critical resource for Danaher given the importance of its acquisition program.

Mitchell P. Rales

Mr. Rales is a co-founder of Danaher and has served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Danaher since 1984. He was also President of the Company from 1984 to 1990. Mr. Rales is also a member of the board of directors of each of Colfax Corporation and Fortive Corporation, and is a brother of Steven M. Rales.

The strategic vision and leadership of Mr. Rales and his brother, Steven Rales, helped create the Danaher Business System and have guided Danaher down a path of consistent, profitable growth that continues today. In addition, as a result of his substantial ownership stake in Danaher, he is well-positioned to understand, articulate and advocate for the rights and interests of the Company’s shareholders.

Steven M. Rales

Mr. Rales is a co-founder of Danaher and has served as Danaher’s Chairman of the Board since 1984. He was also CEO of the Company from 1984 to 1990. Mr. Rales is also a member of the board of directors of Fortive Corporation, and is a brother of Mitchell P. Rales.

The strategic vision and leadership of Mr. Rales and his brother, Mitchell Rales, helped create the Danaher Business System and have guided Danaher down a path of consistent, profitable growth that continues today. In addition, as a result of his substantial ownership stake in Danaher, he is well-positioned to understand, articulate and advocate for the rights and interests of the Company’s shareholders.

John T. Schwieters

Mr. Schwieters has served as Principal of Perseus Realty, LLC, a real estate investment and development firm, since July 2013. He also served as a Senior Executive of Perseus, LLC, a merchant bank and private equity fund management company, from May 2012 to June 2016 and as Senior Advisor from March 2009 to May 2012. Within the past five years Mr. Schwieters has served as a director of Smithfield Foods, Inc. and Choice Hotels International, Inc.

In addition to his roles with Perseus, Mr. Schwieters led the Mid-Atlantic region of one of the world’s largest accounting firms after previously leading that firm’s tax practice in the Mid-Atlantic region, and has served on the boards and chaired the audit committees of several NYSE-listed public companies. He brings to Danaher extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of public accounting, tax accounting and finance, which are areas of critical importance to Danaher as a large, global and complex public company.

Alan G. Spoon

Mr. Spoon has served as Partner Emeritus of Polaris Partners, a company that invests in private technology and life science firms, since January 2015. Mr. Spoon has been a partner at Polaris since May 2000, and served as Managing General Partner from 2000 to 2010. Mr. Spoon is also a member of the board of directors of each of Fortive Corporation, IAC/InterActiveCorp., Match Group, Inc. and Cable One, Inc.

In addition to his leadership role at Polaris Partners, Mr. Spoon previously served as president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer of one of the country’s largest, publicly-traded education and media companies, and has served on the boards of numerous public and private companies. His public company leadership experience gives him insight into business strategy, leadership and executive compensation and his public company and private equity experience give him insight into technology and life science trends, acquisition strategy and financing, each of which represents an area of key strategic opportunity for the Company.

Raymond C. Stevens, Ph.D.

Professor Stevens has served as Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, and Director of The Bridge Institute, at the University of Southern California, a private research university, since July 2014. From 1999 until July 2014, he served as Professor of Molecular Biology and Chemistry with The Scripps Research Institute, a non-profit research organization. Professor Stevens is also Founding Director of the iHuman Institute at ShanghaiTech University, and has launched multiple biotechnology companies focused on drug discovery. 

Professor Stevens is considered among the world’s most influential biomedical scientists in molecular research. A pioneer in human cellular behavior research, he has been involved in the creation of therapeutic molecules that led to breakthrough drugs aimed at curing influenza, childhood diseases, neuromuscular disorders and diabetes. Professor Stevens’ insights in the area of molecular research, as well as his experience bringing industry and academia together to advance drug development, are highly beneficial to Danaher given our strategic focus on the development of research tools used to understand the causes of disease, identify new therapies and test new drugs and vaccines.

Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D.

Dr. Zerhouni has served as President, Global Research & Development, for Sanofi S.A., a global pharmaceutical company, since January 2011. From 2008 until 2011, he provided advisory and consulting services to various nonprofit and other organizations as Chairman and President of Zerhouni Holdings. From 2002 to 2008, Dr. Zerhouni served as director of the National Institutes of Health, and from 1996 to 2002, he served as Chair of the Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Vice Dean for Research and Executive Vice Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Zerhouni, a physician, scientist and world-renowned leader in radiology research, is widely viewed as one of the leading authorities in the United States on emerging trends and issues in medicine and medical care. These insights, as well as his deep, technical knowledge of the research and clinical applications of medical technologies, are of considerable importance given Danaher’s strategic focus in the medical technologies markets. Dr. Zerhouni’s government experience also gives him a strong understanding of how government agencies work, and his experience growing up in North Africa, together with the global nature of the issues he faced at NIH and his role at France-based Sanofi, give him a global perspective that is valuable to Danaher.