QIAGEN CEO Thierry Bernard

It’s easy to believe a transformation is a once-in-a-decade event. This mindset is fundamentally flawed. True change isn’t about grand, singular moments but the continuous evolution that challenges and reshapes our approach to leadership and innovation.

In reality, Thierry Bernard’s journey with QIAGEN and all QIAGEN’ers exemplifies the power of relentless transformation. Amidst the pandemic’s chaos, QIAGEN leveraged the crisis not just as a challenge but as a profound opportunity for growth and innovation. It was an awakening for 6,000 QIAGEN’ers worldwide, proving that transformation is an ongoing process, deeply woven into the fabric of their daily work. The crisis underscored the essential nature of adaptability, collaboration, and purpose in navigating unprecedented times.

“Change and transformation are not just about navigating through crises but embedding the agility and resilience needed for continuous evolution.”

René Esteban, Founder and CEO of FocusFirst, delves into this inspiring story on the Transformation Leaders podcast. Join us to explore how QIAGEN’s journey can redefine your understanding of transformation and inspire actions that drive meaningful change.

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👉 Listen to the full podcast for insights on leading through transformation and the lessons that can guide us toward a future marked by continuous evolution and growth.

About Thierry Bernard (LinkedIn): Thierry joined QIAGEN in February 2015 to lead the company’s molecular testing business for human healthcare applications. He was named Chief Executive Officer in March 2020 after serving in this role on an interim basis and became a member of the Managing Board in 2021. Previously, Thierry held senior management roles in various regions at bioMérieux SA and several other leading international companies. He was named in March 2023 as Chair of the AdvaMedDx Board of Directors, a U.S. industry trade association. Thierry has earned degrees and certifications from various internationally renowned universities, including Sciences Po, LSE, and Harvard Business School.

About René Esteban (LinkedIn): René Esteban is Founder and CEO of FocusFirst. As a former senior leader in a Fortune 500, he found that too many transformation projects take too long, waste money, and annoy key stakeholders – and that there must be a way to accelerate business transformations sustainably. Today, this belief unites an international FocusFirst team consisting of former top executives and subject matter experts. He is an international keynote speaker, author and senior advisor for top executives to achieve challenging goals and accelerate complex transformations.

About FocusFirst (LinkedIn): FocusFirst is a boutique consulting firm for transformation & strategic change projects. We are the specialised firm in the industry that combines former top executives and an award-winning method to accelerate transformations. This unique “double helix” of capabilities equips us to help our customers deliver results faster against demanding business goals. Executives work with FocusFirst to develop organisations, structure & accelerate transformations. FocusFirst works with leading Fortune 500 companies such as Merck, Novartis, E.ON, BASF, as well as established mid-sized companies.