DHR completes CFO search for Harvard BioScience Inc.

Oct 21, 2013

Holliston, MA. - Global executive search firm DHR International is pleased to announce the placement of Robert E. Gagnon as chief financial officer for Harvard Bioscience Inc., a global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of a broad range of tools to advance life science research and regenerative medicine. Managing Director, – Boston and Executive Vice President Diane Coletti completed the search.

Jeff A. Duchemin, chief executive officer of Harvard Bioscience, commented, "Rob brings a tremendous amount of high-level financial experience from his tenures at companies both in and out of the life science arena, as well as extremely impressive academic credentials. We are very fortunate to have him serve as our new chief financial officer at Harvard Bioscience. We believe Rob's experience heading global finance operations, his successful completion of acquisitions and his overall business acumen will be a great asset to us as we continue to implement our growth strategy, which includes expanding our geographic footprint through organic growth and acquisitions. "

Gagnon was recently executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer at Clean Harbors, Inc., a leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America. Prior to this, he served in progressive executive positions at Biogen Idec, Inc., a Fortune 500 company developing treatments in the areas of immunology and neurology. Earlier, he worked in a variety of senior positions at Deloitte & Touche, LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

Gagnon holds an M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Arts degree in accounting from Bentley College.

Harvard Bioscience ("HBIO") is a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialized products, primarily apparatus and scientific instruments, used to advance life science research and regenerative medicine. Our products are sold to thousands of researchers in over 100 countries primarily through our 850 page catalog (and various other specialty catalogs), our website, through distributors, including GE Healthcare, Thermo Fisher Scientific and VWR, and via our field sales organization. HBIO has sales and manufacturing operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and Spain with additional facilities in France and Canada. Visit harvardbioscience.com.

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