Remolding a Leader

Steve Halasey

January 1, 2003

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Remolding a Leader

Originally Published MX January/February2003


Interview by Steve Halasey

Martin D. Madaus, president and CEO of Roche Diagnostics, on leadership in the market--and in the boardroom.

Leadership counts--andnot just on the bottom line. Company leadership can influence the direction of amarketplaceand its investors,making available resources that would otherwise have gone into other sectors orindustries. And personal leadership can encourage companies to take onchallenges well beyond those of an already competitive marketplace.

But don't take our word for it. Ask Martin D. Madaus, president and CEO ofRoche Diagnostics Corp. (Indianapolis), the leader in the global market for invitro diagnostics (IVDs). Rising through the ranks at Boehringer Mannheim(acquired by Roche in 1997), Madaus took over the helm of the company in January2000. He arrived with a clear notion of the kind of company he wanted to lead,and rapidly set about putting his changes in motion.

Madaus's efforts have paid off in the company's bottom line--and elsewhere.During the past year, Roche has repeatedly grabbed top honors at a wide varietyof awards presentations. In December, the company's e-business unit received

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