After 12 years with QIAGEN, Bernd Uder, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, member of the Executive Committee and Managing Director, has decided to retire in January 2013. During his career at QIAGEN, Bernd Uder led the global transformation of the sales organization through a multi-channel strategy targeting QIAGEN's four customer classes and supported the six-fold increase in sales since 2001. He will continue to work closely with QIAGEN in an advisory consulting role. Benedikt von Braunmühl, currently Vice President, Commercial Operations Emerging Regions and Second Channels, has been selected to succeed Bernd Uder in this leadership role and will join the Executive Committee. Benedikt von Braunmühl, who has been with QIAGEN since 2008, has successfully managed Molecular Diagnostics and Life Sciences customer class activities in Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia. Before joining QIAGEN, he held previous roles at ASTA Medica, Voco, Chiron and Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, as well as at Metzler Securities.
QIAGEN is reaffirming its outlook for a strong performance in 2012 led by growth in net sales and adjusted earnings. For the full year, total net sales are expected to rise approximately 8-9% CER on a mix of contributions from the acquisitions of Cellestis and Ipsogen in 2011 and AmniSure in May 2012, as well as growth in the rest of the business. Full-year reported sales are expected to be adversely affected by currency movements against the U.S. dollar, QIAGEN's reporting currency. Adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) are expected to rise to approximately $1.04-1.06 for full-year 2012. This guidance takes into account approximately half a cent of dilution expected on adjusted EPS results in the fourth quarter of 2012 from the combined effect of the share repurchase program as well as higher interest expenses incurred through the U.S. private placement. These expectations do not take into account any further acquisitions that could be completed in 2012.
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