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Olympus taps German exec Stefan Kaufmann as new CEO

Japanese company aims to become a global leader in medical instruments

Olympus has tapped Stefan Kaufmann to lead its push into new areas as it attempts to become a leading global medical device maker. (Source photos by Reuters and courtesy of Olympus) 

TOKYO -- Olympus on Friday announced that company veteran Stefan Kaufmann will take over as president and CEO of the Tokyo-based medical instrument maker in April as it seeks to expand into new devices and take on bigger global rivals.

Kaufmann, of Germany, is currently Olympus' chief administrative officer and has also served as chief strategy officer and chief transformation officer during his 20 years with the company.

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