Danaher Business System as Competitive Advantage

»Danaher Business System as Competitive Advantage

Danaher Business System as Competitive Advantage

Success at Danaher doesn’t happen by accident. We have a proven system for achieving it. We call it the Danaher Business System (DBS), and it drives every aspect of our culture and performance. We use DBS to guide what we do, measure how well we execute, and create options for doing even better—including improving DBS itself.

The core principles of lean, leadership and growth form the foundation of the Danaher Business System, and DBS tools are used within every function, within every operating company, everywhere we operate. Our associates continuously enhance and optimize these tools, making DBS stronger and more effective through the contributions of new generations of critical thinkers. Our culture of continuous improvement has helped us outperforming the S&P 500 by more than 5000% over the last 25 years.

Join our panel discussion and learn more about how we have created a competitive advantage by applying continuous improvement principles in every aspect of our business.


Hannah Ritchie

Hannah Ritchie joined Danaher following a degree in Politics and International Relations. She spent 2 years working in a Compliance and Contracts role, responsible for the acquisition of new channel partners in North America. Now a champion for continuous improvement as Danaher Business Systems Leader, she promotes the DBS way of working throughout the business, helping departments problem solve and the coaching of associates. A passionate advocate for women in business, Hannah is a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Policy Deployment Initiative, and OpCo champion for the Danaher Europe Women + Friends ARG.








Viktorija Trajkovska

Viktorija has 13+ years of experience working in the medical device industry, leading development of numerous successful commercial products for use within acute and critical care as well as cancer diagnostics.

She started her career as a research Scientist at Dako and Agilent, and moved very quickly into management positions. Since 2015 she has been with Radiometer and Danaher, leading development within the blood gas portfolio. The last 3 years in the position as Sr Director responsible for front-end innovation, including exploration and maturation of new business ideas, surveillance of competitor movements, tech scouting on potential disruption areas and technology and production process development, keeping DBS up-front and center.

She enjoys working in an innovative, diverse and inter-disciplinary environment, developing technologies with customers’ unmet needs in focus and securing Radiometer’s current and future stronghold in acute care through use of DBS.

Viktorija holds a Master of Medicine in Pharmaceutical Bioscience and a PhD in Neurobiology.



Aleksandra Heleniak

Aleksandra is a Global Commercial Danaher Business Systems Director in Radiometer. She is working on commercial strategies, strategic execution and process improvement projects as well as people development. Her team is truly global – from United States to Asia Pacific, Europe and Middle East. Aleksandra has over 10 years of experience, ranging from strategy and change management to, project-, product- and portfolio management, gained in industries like pharmaceutical, med tech and biotechnology. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology and a Master of Science in Management Engineering, and is also currently pursuing an executive MBA. She is a wife, and mother of 2 kids, Polish by nationality, and lived in Denmark and in the United States. She loves walking in the nature. She believes in power of positive attitude, collaboration and appreciation.






Olivia Spurrell

Olivia Spurrell has been in the Aerospace business sector since graduating from the University of Florida with a degree in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering in 2004. Currently the Director of Engineering, she has worked a variety of roles and international assignments within Pall, including Design Engineer, Continuous Improvement Manager, Concurrent Engineering Manager, based out of Cornwall, England, and Global Manager of Research and Development. When not working, Olivia enjoys traveling, being outside, and spending time with her two young children.




Rita Schoppmann

Rita is a Global Director Danaher Business System Growth at Leica Microsystems.

Before, she hold positions as a Regional Director Danaher Business System (EMEA, Middle East, Africa, India) at Sciex and as a Senior Danaher Business System Managers Lean at Hach, adding up to 15 years of DHR experience for Growth, Lean and Innovation topics. Currently Rita is focused on strategy development and execution as well as on continuous improvement projects with a strong focus on change management.

Before her Danaher journey, Rita worked many years in international Six Sigma Projects & as a Head of Controlling at Linde AG; Rita holds a Master of Business Administration (Dipl. Kffr.) and a PhD in Finance & Controlling.

Rita is a wife and a mother, loves exploring new things, such as people in their culture & travelling.




Lea Leverington

Lea joined Cepheid in 2018 and currently has responsibility for standardizing global business operations. Prior to joining Cepheid, she spent 9 years at a large commercial laboratory in a variety of roles in increasing responsibility such as Analyst, Project Manager, Six Sigma Black Belt, and Sales Operations Manager. Lea has a BS in Applied Mathematics from Texas A&M University and has a Six Sigma Black Belt Certification from the American Society for Quality.  Lea has a passion for change management, leadership, DBS, comedy, and motorhomes.







Anja Kaltenbach

Anja was born and raised in the south of Germany before moving to Zurich in Switzerland, after high school. Inspired by travelling, she embarked on an around the world tour, before settling in Melbourne to complete her Master of Human Resource Management. After having spent more than 15 years studying, working and traveling in different countries, Anja returned to Germany in 2020. Since 2 years she has been working with Danaher, managing the university recruiting in EMEA and supporting supporting D&I initiatives.





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