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People in the News: Larry Culp, Thomas Joyce, Alexandre Mérieux


Danaher said this week that President and CEO Lawrence Culp will retire in March 2015, and that he will be succeeded by current Executive VP Thomas Joyce.

After he steps down from his posts, Culp will continue serving Danaher in an advisory role into the first quarter of 2016. Culp has been Danaher's president and CEO for 13 years, the company said. Joyce has served Danaher as executive VP since 2006, and he currently is in charge of the company's diagnostics, life sciences, and water quality platforms. He has worked for the company in various capacities dating back to 1989.

BioMérieux said this week that Alexandre Mérieux has assumed the role of CEO. He was previously a deputy chief executive officer and corporate vice-president of microbiology unit and manufacturing and supply operations at the company.

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