The management

Ovesco Endoscopy’s management has a proven track record of starting and operating innovative medical technology businesses.

Executive Board

Prof. Dr. med. Marc O. Schurr

Marc O. Schurr, MD, attended the Medical School of Eberhard-Karls University Tuebingen, Germany and took his doctoral degree in the area of medical technologies. Before founding Ovesco Endoscopy he was in charge of a research programme into advanced technology of Tuebingen University and has directed a medical technology transfer center. Besides his appointment at Ovesco Endoscopy Marc Schurr is also Managing Director of novineon GmbH, an international CRO, consulting and venturing firm in the medical technology area. In the academic field he is Director of IHCI – Institute at Steinbeis University Berlin, where he is Professor of Experimental Medicine and Medical Technology.


Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Gottwald

Thomas Gottwald, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery, has been appointed as member of the Executive Board of Ovesco Endoscopy AG, effective July 1st 2009. At the same time he resigned as Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the company. Before joining the Executive Management of Ovesco, Thomas Gottwald was Global Medical Director of Fresenius Kabi AG and Managing Director of Fresenius Kabi Deutschland GmbH. He also held a number of Executive Management positions with Fresenius. He was President and CEO of Fresenius Biotech GmbH, one of the most successful German Biotech Companies. He is a General and Visceral Surgeon with a strong clinical and scientific track record. He will continue his academic work as a member of the medical faculty of the University of Tuebingen.


Management Team

Geoffrey Yates

President Ovesco Endoscopy USA Inc. and Chief Commercialization Officer (CCO) The Americas

Mr. Yates brings over 30 years of experience in the medical device field to Ovesco Endoscopy. He is a graduate of The University of Cincinnati with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration. Mr. Yates has extensive experience in sales, sales management, international marketing, and senior marketing management with companies, Boston Scientific, Smith and Nephew Endoscopy, Abbott Vascular, Bard Electrophysiology, and a variety of startup ventures. Mr. Yates joined Ovesco Endoscopy USA at corporate inception in June of 2010 as President.


Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Chi-Nghia Ho

Vice President Division Therapeutic Devices

Chi-Nghia Ho, in charge of R&D at Ovesco since 2006 graduated in medical engineering from Munich University of Applied Sciences. Specialized in the development and design of pioneering medical devices, he was involved in ambitious and successful projects and honoured with several renowned scientific awards. Since 2008 Chi-Nghia Ho was Director of Engineering, since 2012 he is Vice President of the Division Therapeutic Devices.


Dr. sc. hum. Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Sebastian Schostek

Vice President Division Diagnostic Systems

Dr. Sebastian Schostek graduated in Engineering Physics from the Munich University of Applied Sciences in 2004, and received his PhD degree from the Faculty of Medicine of Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen in 2010. He worked as research fellow and lecturer at the IHCI – Institute of Healthcare Industries, Steinbeis University Berlin, before he joined novineon Healthcare Technology Partners GmbH, Tuebingen, as Business Unit Director in the fields of technological and medical research, medical product development, contract research, and business consulting. Throughout his career, he was involved in a number of national and international research projects. His work led to numerous publications, patents, lectures and awards. In 2011, he accepted the position as Vice President of the Division Diagnostic Systems at Ovesco.


Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Gunnar Anhöck

Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics

As a graduate in biomedical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Jena, Germany, Gunnar Anhöck joined Ovesco in 2007 as an R&D engineer. Prior to this, he worked at the Fraunhofer Technology Development Group, Stuttgart, Germany, where he was involved in ambitious and innovative projects in the field of mechatronics. At Ovesco, Gunnar Anhöck was quickly promoted to head of production and subsequently to director of engineering. Under his care, production facilities were successfully expanded, and he implemented a sound infrastructure for logistics and controlling to sustain the company’s growth. In 2015, Gunnar Anhöck was promoted to Vice President of Manufacturing and Logistics, officially joining the Ovesco management team.


Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Franziska Baur

Vice President of Product Management

Franziska Baur has been with Ovesco from the very beginning of her career. She wrote her thesis as a graduate engineer with the company while she was still studying in Munich, Germany, and subsequently held a position in the R&D department. Franziska Baur was significantly involved in the development of the FTRD System and instrumental in establishing Ovesco USA’s sales and distribution services on the East Coast. Additionally, she greatly contributed to the implementation of product management procedures. Franziska Baur is responsible for the product management of Ovesco’s entire product portfolio.


Dipl.-Kfm. Azzedine Bouteraa

Director of Finance

Azzedine Bouteraa is a graduate of the French Grenoble Ecole de Management with a Master of Finance. After gaining controlling experience in the automotive field among world players at different positions (R&D, production, investment), he joined Ovesco in April 2014.

His expertise all along the product process from the idea to the market enabled him to set up a global controlling management in the company. By keeping it up-to-date, he supports Ovesco growth and safeguards its innovative spirit.


Monika Menke

Director of Sales, Southern Germany

Monika Menke has extensive experiences in the medical field. She managed a medical practice and was a pharmaceutical sales representative at Boehringer Ingelheim before founding her own sales agency, successfully working with pharmacies and in the field of practice marketing. After changing her focus to hospital marketing and sales and establishing contacts in many southern German hospitals, she joined the Ovesco sales team in January 2013.
As a highly knowledgeable and passionate sales representative, Monika Menke was essential in securing Ovesco’s success in the region of Bavaria. As Director of Sales, her expertise and enthusiasm are ensuring that all Ovesco products continue to thrive and succeed in southern Germany.


Johan Ceuppens

Commercial Director Europe

Johan Ceuppens has a long history in the medical field. After his bachelor’s degree in Hospital Sciences and Management, he held several management positions in internationally renowned Medical Device companies. Johan can be described as experienced Sales, Marketing and General Manager with a national and international track record in developing and executing sales strategies and ambitious sales plans, directly to end-users as well as in B2B. Johan joined Ovesco Endoscopy AG in 2008 in the position of Commercial Director Europe.


Devan Kizhakee

Commercial Director MEA and Australasia

Devan Kizhakee Kurichyath has an extensive experience in Medical Device Industry for over 23 years – Sales management, Dealer management with renowned companies like Johnson & Johnson Ethicon, BBraun Aesculap, Conmed Corporation, for MEA, subcontinent region and most recently with Novadaq (acquired by Stryker) for South Central Asian markets. He graduated in Science from Christ College and SCMS India.

Devan joined Ovesco in the position of Commercial Director MEA, Asia Pacific and Australia as of October 2017.


William Burdt, B. Sc.

Director of Sales, Ovesco Endoscopy USA Inc.

Billy Burdt possesses many years of experience in the medical devices sector. After a brief stint in consumer goods, he spent three highly successful years with Smith & Nephew Endoscopy/Tornier Orthopedics in the San Francisco and North Bay area. In 2008, he moved on to a position as an independent surgical sales representative with Cayenne Medical, where his expert execution of the business plan considerably increased the customer base as well as sales. In 2011, Billy joined Ovesco Endoscopy USA as a medical sales specialist and was quickly promoted to Director of Sales. Since then, he has done outstanding work in establishing the Ovesco brand and growing our business in the United States.


James Potts, B. Sc.

Director of Sales (East Coast), Ovesco Endoscopy USA Inc.

With a degree in business management and marketing, James was well equipped to enter a position as regional manager at Business Methods in the state of New York. After two years, he joined Stryker Endoscopy as a sales representative, starting a highly successful career in the sector of medical devices. He was soon recruited by Olympus, where he held a long-standing position managing their Western and Central New York territory. In 2012, James began working with Ovesco Endoscopy USA as a sales representative. In 2015, James fully joined the company as Director of Sales for the East Coast. Ovesco is excited to benefit from his extensive experience and his dedication to our highly innovative products.


John Gallagher, B. Sc.

Director of Sales (Western US Region), Ovesco Endoscopy USA Inc.

John Gallagher has extensive experience in the medical device industry. He is a graduate of California State University Sacramento with a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Marketing.  Most of his 18 years of medical device experience has been in the specialty of flexible endoscopy and medical imaging, successfully representing Pentax Medical, McKessons’ Medical Imaging Group (MIG) and Merit Medical Endotek throughout the Western US. In 2015, he began representing Ovesco Endoscopy USA and was appointed Director of Sales for the Western USA in 2016. As part of the Ovesco Sales Management Team, he has successfully developed new business, launched new products, and hired a direct sales force. John is driven by his desire to successfully assist clinicians in improving patient outcomes with Ovesco’s innovative technologies.

Julie Easter, M.Sc.

Director – Marketing and Clinical Training, Ovesco Endoscopy USA Inc.

Ms. Easter brings over 15 years of experience in the medical device field to Ovesco Endoscopy USA. She graduated from Radford University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration prior to earning a Master of Science degree from the University of Phoenix. Ms. Easter has extensive experience in customer relations, clinical training, international marketing, product management.  She has led the product launch efforts of several technologies to the global marketplace throughout her career in the medical device industry.  Prior to joining Ovesco Endoscopy USA in January of 2016 as Marketing Manager, Julie spent over 12 years at Cook Medical.