US Management Team
Dr. Michael Russell is the President of the US Food Division. Prior to his current position, Dr. Russell served as President of Eurofins GeneScan, Inc., a PCR testing laboratory based in New Orleans, LA. Dr. Russell also served as a Managing Director of Eurofins Central Analytical Laboratories, a chemistry and microbiology laboratory, where he previously served as President since 1988. In his role as a Managing Partner in The Russell Marine Group, Dr. Russell has been involved with various aspects of sampling, inspecting and testing of international shipments of agricultural and food products since 1981.
Marc Scantlin is Vice President, Eurofins U.S. Food Division. He graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and subsequently obtained a Master of Arts from Oklahoma University. Marc Scantlin was a Captain in the Air Force and was assigned as Section Commander for the 7th Airborne Command Control Squadron at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska and later assigned as Section Commander for the 30th Security Forces Squadron at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. He later joined Kemin Industries located in Des Moines, Iowa as the Human Resources Manager for the U.S. based business units. Marc was later promoted to the Worldwide Human Resources Director for all global business units.
Ardin Backous is the Agricultural Products Testing Business Unit Manager and is based at the Nutrition Analysis Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Backous' responsibilities include oversight of the Eurofins US Agricultural Product Testing Unit, customer needs, analyses and generation of quality analytical results. During his more than 40 years experience in the feed and agricultural industry, Mr. Backous has been involved in each department and area of responsibility within the Des Moines Laboratory. As Manager of the Des Moines Laboratory, Mr. Backous also handles administrative and management duties, laboratory operational, safety and quality issues and client contact. Mr. Backous is a certified referee chemist for the American Oil Chemists Society.
John Reuther is the President and Lab Director for Eurofins Central Analytical Laboratory located in Metairie, Louisiana. He is a career Analytical Chemist with broad experience in analysis of chemicals, soil and water, food, and geological samples. John has extensive experience in the techniques of atomic spectroscopy, high pressure liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, and ion chromatography. He is also responsible for quality assurance, laboratory audting, LIMS design, and cost containment. John has degrees from the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Frank Spiegelhalter has been President of Eurofins GeneScan since January 2008. He is a graduate of Philipps University in Marburg, Germany, Spiegelhalter joined GeneScan's International Business Development group in the late nineties when GeneScan's biotech ('GMO') testing business was expanded outside Germany. Spiegelhalter's responsibilities included transfer of GeneScan state of the art testing procedures and quality standards to new satellite operations in France, Australia and New Orleans, LA. In 2000 Spiegelhalter relocated to New Orleans to manage the lab operations of the expanding testing facility. Since 2003 he served as the operation's Executive Vice President.
Lars Reimann is Chief Scientific Officer of Eurofins Scientific, Inc. Mr. Reimann previously served in a number of management and executive positions with Woodson-Tenent Laboratories, a food, feed and agriculture laboratory, which was acquired by Eurofins Scientific, Inc. in 2000. For more than 25 years, Mr. Reimann has managed laboratories specializing in the analysis of foods, feeds and their ingredients to determine their safety, nutritional value and compliance with industry standards. Mr. Reimann serves as a Technical Advisor to clients and a number of scientific and industry organizations.
Jules Skamarak is the Operations Manager, Director of Client Services, and Business Unit Manager for the Alpha Laboratories Division in Petaluma, California. He is responsible for planning and development of business aspects for the Petaluma site. He maintains major client accounts and is responsible for general client services including telephone interactions, quotation development, report review, and scheduling laboratory work to meet client deadlines. Jules received a B.S. Biology from the University of Vermont and is a member of American Chemical Society, American Society for Quality, and AOAC.
Dr. Douglas Marshall is Chief Scientific Officer, Microbiology. Dr. Marshall has over 20 years experience in academia and industry. During this time he was Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, Contributing Editor for the scientific journal Food Microbiology, and in a joint venture with Eurofins Central Analytical Laboratory he served as cofounder, Director of Technical Services, and President of the Food Safety Institute, LLC. With over 230 publications, his expertise is developing methods to rapidly detect and control foodborne pathogens. Dr. Marshall is a past recipient of the International Association for Food Protection Educator Award and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Technologists.
US Management Pharma Team
Sohil Mana is President Eurofins Pharma Services located in Kalamazoo, MI. He has been employed by Eurofins since May 2010. Sohil Mana has been in contract testing in the pharma industry over 25 years. Formally, he has worked at SGS for 25 years in varies positions including Sr. VP. Life Science Services North America. He was also active in pharma industry associations such as the PSG as a course chair and Treasurer. He has obtained his honors degree in Chemistry from York University, Canada.
Gary Wnorowski is President of Product Safety Labs, Inc. and Eurofins Medinet, Inc. He has been employed by Eurofins since 1988, having served as a toxicology technician, Study Director and Laboratory Director until appointment to his present position at EPSL in 2003. Mr. Wnorowski has extensive hands-on experience in study and facilities management. He is knowledgeable in areas of toxicology, pharmacology and Good Laboratory Practices as well as marketing, finance, accounting and personnel management.
US Management Shared Services Team
Ralf Fassbender is Vice President of Finance for North America. He is also in charge of Human Resources and Information Systems. Prior to joining Eurofins in October 2006, Mr. Fassbender served as Director of Finance for Siegwerk USA Inc., a leading printing ink manufacturer in the packaging industry with locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America. He holds a B.A. in Administration with an emphasis on finance, and an Executive M.B.A. Degree from the University of Iowa.
Prior to his relocation from Germany to Des Moines, Iowa, USA in January 2004, he was a Corporate Controller at Siegwerk Group International and worked as a Treasury Specialist for Moeller Holding and as a Corporate Banker for Commerzbank AG, a German-based international bank.
Joseph Dunham is our Vice President of Corporate Development. During his 23 year career in corporate finance Mr. Dunham has been involved with over 100 corporate finance transactions in the health care, pharmaceutical, food, agricultural and software industries. Prior to joining Eurofins Mr. Dunham held several key leadership positions with entrepreneurial companies including: Senior Vice President for TeleDirect International, a leading telecommunication software company; Executive Vice President of CareMedic Systems which is a leader in revenue cycle management segment for the hospital market and as Senior Vice President for Equity Dynamics, Inc./Pappajohn Capital Resources, a Midwest based venture capital firm. Mr. Dunham holds a B.A. in Business from Wartburg College and a M.B.A. from Drake University.