Thermo Fisher Scientific has named Jim Manzi as its new non-executive chairman of the board. Manzi served as chairman of Thermo Electron for three years preceding last year’s merger with Fisher Scientific. He succeeds Paul Meister, who retired as chairman last month.
 

 

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