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Fresenius appoints CEO

Michael Sen, who succeeds Stephan Sturm as CEO of Fresenius, will continue to serve as CEO of Fresenius Kabi until a successor is decided for this position.

Michael Sen will become CEO of Fresenius on Oct. 1, succeeding Stephan Sturm. Sen will continue to serve as CEO of Fresenius Kabi until a successor is decided for this position.

Sturm will leave the company on good terms on Sept. 30, the company said.

He has been responsible for the Fresenius Kabi business segment on the Fresenius management board since April 2021. Previously, he was a member of the management board of Siemens AG, where he was responsible for the healthcare business Siemens Healthineers and for Siemens’ energy business. From 2015 to 2017 he was chief financial officer of E.ON SE.

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Sturm has been a member of the Fresenius management board since 2005, beginning as CFO. He became CEO of Fresenius on July 1, 2016.

“Fresenius has always been more than just a job to me. This company was and is still close to my heart, Sturm said. I look back with gratitude and pride on my more than 17 years here, during which we accomplished a lot together and developed Fresenius into a leading global healthcare company — one that provides ever more people with ever better medicine.

“I’m especially thankful for the many colleagues with whom I was privileged to work, and with whom I will remain connected even after my time at Fresenius. This is a great company, with outstanding growth prospects, he said.

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“On behalf of the entire supervisory board, I want to thank Stephan Sturm for his many years of outstanding commitment and service to Fresenius. Starting from his time as CFO he has played a major role in our successful development and in our continued, profitable growth, said Wolfgang Kirsch, chairman of the supervisory board of Fresenius. 

“As CEO, he has steered our company through increasingly rough waters over the past few years, and kept it on course. The pandemic, in particular, did not make this easy, Kirsch said. “Stephan Sturm has identified totally with our company and devoted all his energy and capabilities to its success. For this we owe him respect and great thanks. Following the orderly transition to his successor, I sincerely wish him all the very best for the future.

“At the same time, I’m very pleased that in our own ranks we have, in the person of Michael Sen, an outstanding manager who is supremely well qualified to take on this important position,” Kirsch said. “He has extensive and relevant experience in industry. He is accomplished in designing and implementing transformation and change processes. And he has strategic skills, as he has shown during his first year-and-a-half as CEO of Fresenius Kabi with the development of ‘Vision 2026’ and the successful start to its implementation. My colleagues on the supervisory board and I are firmly convinced that the management board, under Michael Sen’s leadership, will give new impetus to our growth strategy. In this he has our full support. I wish him good luck and great success.”

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“I’m very pleased abilities. I am taking on leading this company, which brings both great responsibility and excitement, with respect but above all with great joy and confidence,” Sen said. “This is because, despite the temporary challenges and headwinds we encounter, our prospects for achieving future success are very promising: The markets we are active in are fundamentally attractive, and our businesses in many areas are strongly positioned. Being agile and taking prudent strategic decisions will enable us to tap into our full potential and accelerate our growth dynamics again.”

“Together with my management board colleagues and all our employees, I will devote my full energy to this. Fresenius is a fantastic company that creates value in so many ways, and I have a strong personal commitment to advancing innovation in medicine for the health and wellbeing of all people. I want to contribute so that, going forward, all our stakeholders will benefit even more from an even stronger Fresenius,” said Sen.

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