GBA GROUP Management
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
As of January 2018, Steffen Walter is CEO of GBA Holding GmbH. Having graduated from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) with a degree in Business & Engineering (Dipl.-Wirtschaftsingenieur), he began his career as a managerial assistant at the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA). He has been involved in the laboratory and TIC business since 2001. His start as assistant to the board of directors at Institut Fresenius was followed by different positions of leadership within the SGS Group in Germany. In 2007 he gained responsibility for the operational and commercial activities concerning laboratories, inspection, and certifications in the fields of non-food, food, electrics & electronics, and automotive. Before changing to GBA Group, he served as General Manager and member of the European Management Board for Eurofins Food Division in Germany and Turkey for several years.
Dr. Elisabeth Lackner
Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences
Global Head Pharma EVP
Dr. Elisabeth Lackner has been the Managing Director of ABF Pharmaceutical Services GmbH in Vienna since 2010. Since January 2017, in her role as Managing Director, Dr. Lackner has also been managing the sites of GBA Pharma, as well as ABF, the companies Phytos GmbH & Co. KG, LPU Labor für Pharma- und Umweltanalytik GmbH and Pharmacelsus GmbH. She studied Pharmacy and has a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree in Tumor Biology. Dr. Lackner began her career in the clinical research industry in 1999, gaining experience in the fields of foundational research, sales, marketing, business development, global operations, and managing a diverse array of projects. Before she began working for ABF, she had a leading managerial role at Roche Austria GmbH and was Head of Manufacturing for five years. Due to her working experience in several different areas of clinical research for CROs, pharmaceutical companies, and biotech firms, she enhances the GBA Pharma with her valuable skills and drive.
Dr. Roland Bernerth
Certified Food Chemist
Global Head Food EVP
Dr. Roland Bernerth successfully graduated from the University of Hamburg with a doctorate in Food Chemistry in 1992 and subsequently joined the Gesellschaft für Bioanalytik Hamburg mbh. In the 1990s, under his leadership, microbiological and chemical analysis of food was established at GBA and this field of business was successfully positioned on the market. Since 2002, Dr. Bernerth has been leading this development as the Managing Director of GBA Food. Within the GBA Group, he is now also responsible for the integration of new laboratories for food analysis as well as the strategic alignment of the entire Food Analysis Division.
Global Head Environment EVP
Ralf Murzen has been the Managing Director at the GBA Group responsible for the Environmental Analysis Division since the year 2000. He graduated with a degree in Environmental Engineering and has been utilizing his extensive experience for the benefit of GBA since 1995. Mr. Murzen is responsible for the business operations in the field of environmental analysis. From 1986 to 1989, he worked for the company Ökolimna Gesellschaft für Ökologie und Gewässerkunde mbH as a department manager. Subsequently, he was a project leader in the fields of contaminated sites, soil, air, and water protection at the Institut für Gewässerschutz und Umgebungsüberwachung IGU, Kiel, from 1989 to 1995.
Chief Information Officer (CIO)
Mark Piekereit is the CIO of GBA Holding GmbH. Along with being responsible for the system and application infrastructure, he is leading the digital transformation of the GBA Group. Before he officially became a member of the management board in 2018, he had been supporting the GBA Group as an active advisor in a diverse range of strategic projects since October 2016. Mr. Piekereit studied business and computer science and has been actively working in the TIC industry since 2003. After years of working in the management of SGS Germany and SGS-TÜV Saar, he was more recently involved in the development and implementation of digitalization projects and the development of digital B2B platforms. Due to his long-term experience in the TIC industry, he possesses comprehensive expertise in the field as well as the necessary IT skills.
Business Degree in Economics
Chief Strategy Officer (CSO)
Torben Giese has been working for GBA since January 2018 and is responsible for the field of Strategic Development. His main focal points in this area are on the topics of mergers & acquisitions, integration, and process-optimization in the administration. In December 2018 he assumed his position of Managing Director for the GBA Holding GmbH. In doing so, he brings along his expertise from the previous stages in his career in investment banking and business consulting. Mr. Giese studied business economics at the University of Lüneburg and abroad.
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
Kai Plinke has been a part of the management at the GBA Gesellschaft für Bioanalytik mbH since 2017. He possesses long-term experience in the role of CFO at renowned medium-sized companies. Before joining the GBA Group, he was the CFO of one of the leading European online printers, where he was responsible for managing the accounting, controlling, and personnel. In previous steps of his career, Mr. Plinke also worked in the fields of fashion, retail, financial services, and the food industry, where he held positions with responsibility for the commercial operations, but also in management and on supervisory boards, in Austria, Poland, Switzerland, and China. As CFO, he is responsible for the entire Finance Department of the GBA Group.