Kees van Ophem, originally from The Netherlands, joined Fresenius Medical Care on January 2015 as Executive Vice President & Global General Counsel.
Kees studied law at University of Amsterdam and New York University (LL.M; Fulbright-scholar).
He started his career at international law firms both in the USA and Europe. His in-house career as General Counsel led him through a complete cycle in the telecoms' industry over a period of almost 15 years (from a monopoly player, KPN, an international joint venture of Swisscom, KPN, Telia and Telefonica, a Pan-European start-up (including IPO) to a global public restructuring in London at FLAG Telecom).
In 2005, he switched to the Life Sciences' industry and became International General Counsel at Medtronic at its international headquarters in the Lausanne area in Switzerland. From July 2010 until January 2015, he was General Counsel at Leica. As head of the General Counsel function, he was responsible for all risk management matters of the Leica Group, including Legal, Compliance/Integrity, IP and EHS, and was member of its global executive management team. As Leica also had a significant and diversified healthcare business, Kees has experience with the complete spectrum of research, analysis, diagnosis, therapy/treatment and surgical solutions, covering devices, bio/pharmaceuticals, services, software and consumables, covering a wide range of Science & Technology businesses. At FMC, he supports its vertically integrated healthcare strategy of providing diagnosis and treatment solutions directly to chronically-ill and ambulant patients globally via its medical devices, consumables, pharma-productions and services across its thousands of clinics in all areas of the globe.