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. 

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.

Wilfred van der Maas

Senior Vice President Finance & Administration

Wilfred serves as Senior Vice Presiden Finance & Administration, supporting with extended knowledge and experience in international accounting, tax, risk management, merger & acquisitions and business finance structure. Wilfred studied economics and law at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam and ...


... graduated as a Dutch Certified Public Auditor. After finishing his studies, he worked as an auditor at KPMG and Deloitte for nearly 12 years. During this time, Wilfred served a broad variety of clients as auditor and advisor. After leaving Deloitte, in his position as senior manager, he worked as a contractor, in the position of finance manager, and ran several finance projects for international companies within the Netherlands.

Ellen Karges, MS, HT(ASCP), QIHC

Senior Director of Quality Management and Regulatory Compliance

Ellen serves as Senior Director of Quality Management and Regulatory Complience, 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.

Sabrina Eichler, PhD

Senior Director HTS

Sabrina serves as Senior Director HTS (High Throughput Screening),adding extensive experience in interpretation of genetic results and workflow processes for analyzing hundreds of thousands samples per year. Sabrina started her career as a PhD student at the MDC Berlin, after receiving her ...


... Diploma in Biochemistry at the University of Potsdam. Her theses covered the theme “RNA-Editing and Hyperexcitability disorders group”.

Dennis Thiemann

Director IT Portfolio Management

Dennis holds the position as Director IT Portfolio Management. His previous experiences encompass the leadership of executing companywide IT projects (e.g. a Lean Management Program with approx. 50 full time change managers for changing corporate culture and gaining efficiency). Especially responsible ...


for running corporate wide projects, risk and efficiency driven optimization of processes, the implementation of a group wide internal controlling system, Dennis brings extensive knowledge to drive the further growth of CENTOGENE’s IT development.

Additionally, Dennis formed the optimization of processes and organizational structures, from efficiency as well as a risk perspective. Transforming business needs into processes, structures and IT-applications, steering and controlling the project portfolio worth approx. 90 Mio EUR as well as developing and implementing project management methods is his clear focus.

Dennis studied Banking Management and Business Economics at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Before coming to CENTOGENE, Dennis served as Head of Corporate Office, Legal and Communications at the DeutscheWertpapierServicebank, Frankfurt, was Head of Business Development Financial Marktes, executed the role as Head of Organizations- and Processmanagment, Head of ORG/IT-Steering, Norddeutsche Landesbank, Hannover as well as serving in different positions at HSH Nordbank, Kiel and Hamburg.