Diego Gabathuler named new CEO of Geistlich

Geistlich Pharma AG has announced the appointment of Diego Gabathuler as its new CEO, effective 1 Dec 2023. He succeeds Ralf Halbach, who departed the company in August 2023. 

Gabathuler is a 49-year-old Swiss National who brings a broad range of experience from various management positions as well as extensive knowledge in business development and strategic marketing. Most recently, Gabathuler was CEO of the dental company Ivoclar. He has expertise in the MedTech sector, excellent leadership qualities, and a proven strategic acumen.

Diego Gabathuler
Gabathuler’s professional career also includes management positions at international digital-tech companies such as Logitech, Activision, and Electronic Arts (Image: Geistlich Pharma AG)

Sharing his excitement online, Gabathuler wrote on his Linkedin post of his belief in the culture and people comprising a company.

“I look forward to meeting our teams around the world, our highly valued customers and business partners, as well as the people at the 3 foundations and within our strong global scientific network,” he wrote. “I am deeply convinced, that the people and the company culture is the most important success factor. People create innovation, people overcome hurdles and people build relationships and businesses.”

Geistlich specialises in the regeneration of bone, cartilage and tissue. The company has more than 800 employees worldwide in the field of regenerative medicine, 13 affiliates and 60 distribution partners, where its medical devices and medicinal products reaches around 90 markets worldwide. Under its dental portfolio, it offers solutions covering dental implants, periodontitis, and biomaterials.

“The Geistlich strategic plan includes further investment in new products, solutions, and technologies in order to apply regenerative medicine in helping even more people around the world. We are convinced that Gabathuler’s expertise will support us significantly in this mission,” said chairman of the board of directors, Andreas Geistlich.

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