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CEO Corner – An Introduction to Cherney's new COO

Posted by Debra Cherney on Sep 22, 2017 12:25:56 PM
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As stated earlier in the year - we’ve given Founder & CEO Debra Cherney the opportunity to share thoughts on any topic of her choice.  While many of them will be related to food safety, the one below is of excitement so please, read on!  

To our Cherney community consisting of customers, colleagues, and industry friends.  It is my extreme pleasure to share with you the announcement of Cherney’s new Chief Operating Officer (COO), Steve Kuchenberg, who officially starts with our organization on Monday, September 25th.  Steve's extensive experience within our industry brings a new level of competence and technical expertise to our organization and while I’m personally very excited for him to lead our organization into the future, our team at Cherney will soon see how his passion for doing the right thing for those around him will quickly pass onto you our valued customers.  Steve and I are in lockstep agreement about what actions will be taken to achieve our strategic vision for Cherney.  A very exciting time is ahead, welcome Steve! - Debra Cherney

We’re pleased to announce that Cherney has appointed Steve Kuchenberg as our new COO.  His first day will be September 25, 2017.  Kuchenberg, former Global Segment Strategy Lead for Contract Testing Laboratories at Merck KGaA, has over 10 years of industry experience with leading multinational Life Science companies.


As COO, Kuchenberg will report directly to Founder, Owner & CEO Debra Cherney and will lead our team into the future.  He will be responsible for our current business strategy as well as the successful execution of our long term growth plans to ensure that we continue to serve our customers in the best way possible.

He brings with him extensive insight on large scale operations including a proven and disciplined record of driving growth without losing site of the needs of the customer based on his years at Life Science Industry leading companies Biomerieux, Bio-Rad, Qiagen and Merck KGaA. Prior to that Kuchenberg, earned a bachelor’s degree in Human Biology from the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.  He will be based at Cherney’s headquarters in Green Bay.  Steve can be reached directly through his email at

 We will be sharing this formally through a customer letter early next week.  Again - welcome Steve!
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