Francis Van Parys
Vice President Commercial Asia-Pacific
Francis Van Parys is currently responsible for providing transformational technologies in biopharmaceutical research, manufacturing and diagnostics to Cytiva customers and partners in the life sciences industry in China, India, Japan, Korea, ASEAN and Australia-New Zealand.
While his name would suggest a French connection, Francis is a Belgian citizen whose career has spanned far and wide, and he is currently based in Asia.
Francis is a seasoned global executive who served in a number of General Management roles before becoming President of GE Healthcare Korea in 2017. In that role, he was responsible for helping provide medical technologies and solutions to the healthcare industry in Korea, from diagnostic imaging, monitoring and digital solutions through to life sciences.
He joined Cytiva when it was known as GE Healthcare Life Sciences in 2009 as General Manager for Commercial Operations in EMEA and was later appointed Global Product General Manager, Research and Applied Markets, responsible for the consumables and hardware portfolio. He then became Global Commercial General Manager for Cell Culture in 2016.
Francis started his career by joining GE in a sales leadership program in 2001 and had early-career assignments in Belgium and Germany, before taking on sales marketing positions of increasing responsibility at GE Industrial Solutions.
He graduated from the University of Ghent in Belgium with a Master’s degree in Material Science and Engineering. He also holds a Master of Science in Polymer Technology from UMIST in Manchester, UK. Francis lives in Seoul, Korea, with his wife and two sons.