Extended management board

  1. Extended Management Board

Robert W. de Deugd

Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing

Robert executes the position as Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing. He has a broad international B2B, B2G and B2C experience from various industries in Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. His leadership background includes Public and Private held companies in ...


... business segments such as Healthcare, Industry and Consumer.

Roles have included executive leadership of large-scale geographies, management of countries and market clusters around the world as well as sales/service/rental/manufacturing operations. International experience includes growing business in highly competitive developed markets, geographic expansion and business development in emerging markets, portfolio management and restructuring and turnaround tasks.

Robert brings extended experience on global strategy implementation and Go-To-Market Planning with execution through local sales organizations or via indirect channel management in partnership with GPO´s, dealers and distributors. He has lived and worked abroad in countries in Europe and Asia which exposed him to a wide diversity of cultural dynamics, practices and experiences.

Robert has a General Management and Commercial background with Business Economics studies and further academic development through Executive Learning & Development programs at Harvard Business School in Boston, Institute of Management in Bangalore, Chalmers University in Gothenburg and Copenhagen Business School.

Robert started his professional career with the Special Forces of the Royal Dutch Marines and spent about 15 years with Danish Nilfisk A/S and acquired companies in the highly competitive Cleaning Equipment Industry. Since 2006 he has worked in Healthcare and Medical Technologies for Swedish Getinge AB. Robert has more than 20 years of international experience from many different markets and has held senior positions in Europe and Asia. 

Ellen Karges, MS, HT(ASCP)

Vice President Regulatory Compliance and Quality Management

Ellen serves as Vice President Regulatory Compliance and Quality Management, contributing with over 30 years’ experience working in the healthcare and research sector as Director of Laboratories in the US, specializing in pathology. Quality is the building foundation of CENTOGENE. Maintaining multiple ...


... international accreditations secure the highest level of quality for patients, clinical and industrial partners as well as employees.

Shivendra Kishore, PhD

Senior Vice President Diagnostic Process Operations

Shivendra serves as Senior Vice President Diagnostic Process Operations, holding a multi-disciplinary background that combines biochemical engineering, academic research and healthcare consulting, pursued in several countries across the world including India, Germany, USA and Switzerland.


Shivendra holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from IIT Delhi, India. He moved to Germany, where he obtained his PhD in non-coding RNAs involved in genetic abnormalities. His postdoctoral work was performed in labs across USA, Germany, and Switzerland, where he focused on alternative splicing, transcription, RNA binding proteins, small non-coding RNAs, cancer specific recombination hot spots in cancer genomes utilizing single gene models and also transcriptome wide analysis using high-throughput sequencing. Shivendra subsequently forayed into healthcare consulting, working in Basel, Switzerland with a focus on market access and pricing.

Shivendra has formerly hold the position as Senior Director of New Technologies. Shivendra moved then into the role of SVP Diagnostics Process Operations to streamline lab processes in order to reduce turnaround times, increase diagnostics accuracies, and to make tests more cost effective for all the patients CENTOGENE serves.

Gabriela-Elena Oprea

Senior Vice President Genetic Data Processing and Digital Products

Gabriela joined CENTOGENE in 2012 and her new role as SVP Genetic Data Processing and Digital Products bridges CentoMD® medical reporting and bioinformatics for unification and consolidation of genetic data into one “product” at CENTOGENE. Gabriela holds a PhD in Natural Science from University ...


... of Cologne, Germany and has been an active researcher in Human Genetics for almost 15 years. Her discovery and characterization of the first protective modifier of autosomal recessive spinal muscular atrophy [Science, 2008] gained her several awards. Besides Gabriela’s research experience in neuromuscular disorders, her experience includes characterization and validation of new tumor-specific targets, generation and characterization of monoclonal antibodies against cancer cells, and the curation and validation of mutation-to-disease phenotype relationships via multiple databases, tools and different software.

Martin Beckmann

Senior Vice President Finance & Administration

Martin serves as the Senior Vice President Finance & Administration. He holds a Degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration from the Technical University Darmstadt. He has over 20 years of experience in finance and controlling. Martin started ...


his career as Commercial Director in a German subsidiary representing an American company specialized in analytical instruments and analyzers for the biochemical industry. Furthermore, he has gained a sound understanding of M&A activities and financing during his 10 years in Private Equity dealing with German Small and Medium sized Entities.

His hands-on mentality, intercultural competence, clear decision making and team building skills characterize him. In his previous position he served as Director Finance of a listed company in Germany. Martin is thus experienced in HGB, IFRS and the related public regulatory environment (BaFin, WpHG, AktG).