Rainer Blair is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Danaher Corporation. Beginning September 2020, Rainer has led Danaher’s $22B global, multi-industry portfolio of businesses. With the help of Danaher’s 69,000 global associates, he is focused on further strengthening Danaher’s position as a leading science and technology company.
Rainer is a dedicated leader and practitioner of the Danaher Business System, the company’s pre-eminent operating model and cultural foundation. He is deeply committed to the company’s Core Values and Shared Purpose: Helping Realize Life’s Potential. He has been a principle architect of Danaher’s associate engagement strategy and Diversity + Inclusion journey.
“Throughout Danaher’s history we have focused on exceeding the expectations of our shareholders, customers and associates globally. With a strong portfolio, experienced leadership team, and the power of the Danaher Business System, we have a bright future ahead.”
Rainer brings more than 30 years of deep and diverse experience to his current role. Rainer joined Danaher in 2010 and held leadership roles across several operating companies before being named Executive Vice President of Danaher’s Life Sciences platform in 2014. Through a combination of organic and inorganic growth investments, he helped Danaher build a portfolio of Life Sciences businesses uniquely positioned to reduce time to market and cost of biologic drugs. Under his leadership, the Life Sciences platform annual revenues increased five-fold to approximately $10 billion today.
Prior to Danaher, Rainer was President and CEO for MAPEI Americas, a $2.3 billion global, diversified construction chemical corporation. He previously spent 15 years with BASF Group on three continents with progressively larger leadership roles. He is U.S. Army veteran. He earned his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and his M.S. from Boston University. Rainer and his wife Alaine live in Alexandria, VA, and have three adult children.