With over 25 years of experience in senior leadership roles, Ole Per Maloy is a well-known and a highly respected leader in the healthcare industry. As a strategic thinker, visionary, and problem solver, Ole has demonstrated his ability to achieve outstanding results throughout his career.
He deeply understands the industry’s complexities and challenges and has consistently delivered innovative solutions that have improved patient outcomes, enhanced efficiency, and increased revenue. Ole’s leadership style is characterized by his ability to inspire and motivate his teams. He has a track record of building high-performing teams that achieve ambitious goals while maintaining a positive and collaborative work environment.
Today, Ole continues to lead and inspire as the Managing Director at Siemens Healthineers, Middle East, Southern & Eastern Africa. He is a sought-after speaker and thought leader and his insights and perspectives are highly valued by his peers.
Whether working with an extensive healthcare system or a small startup, Ole brings his passion, expertise, and dedication to every project he undertakes, making him one of the most impactful healthcare leaders in the Middle East & Africa.
Below are the highlights of the interview:
Brief our audience about your journey as a business leader until your current position at Siemens Healthineers.
With over 21+ years of experience with Siemens Healthineers, I am now managing the Middle East, Southern & Eastern Africa business since 2018. Before, I had appointments as Senior Vice President and General Manager for the company’s Diagnostic Imaging portfolio for Western Europe and Western Africa, and CEO of Nordics and Baltics.
What challenges have you had to overcome to reach where you are today?
Maneuvering through a very dynamic environment both in the external market as well as internally in a company driven by big ambitions to be a significant force in the field of innovative Healthcare. On top of that, the COVID-19 Pandemic hit our region harder than many others due to financing shortages in many of our countries. It is also a fact that many of our customers had to change focus and sacrifice long-term initiatives for short-term survival.
Tell us something more about your company and its mission and vision.
We pioneer breakthroughs in healthcare. For everyone. Everywhere. We use our innovation potential and experience to provide quality healthcare and increase access to care for everybody, especially the more vulnerable communities as we aspire to serve eight billion people on our planet. We also ensure that patients are at the core of our innovation and that our products and services create better outcomes and better patient experiences.
How does your company strive towards breaking cultural barriers in Hospitals and Health Care?
Company culture is the very foundation of achieving our vision. As a sustainability role model for the industry, we contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by improving the quality of life through access to care, contributing to a regenerative and healthy environment and by advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Therefore, Siemens Healthineers is living in one culture, no matter the background, age, or gender of our colleagues, partners, and customers.
Enlighten us on how you have been impacting the healthcare sector through your expertise in the market.
We are located in a very heterogenous growth region with different requirements, challenges and a high market volatility. Our new portfolio and capabilities in Artificial Intelligence and IT solutions helps us support our customers with their specific challenges and connects hospitals and rural healthcare facilities with diagnostic centers. Our company has great experience in running public-private partnership (PPP) projects after more than two decades doing so in England, the Netherlands, and Germany and also in Africa.
Siemens Healthineers is also helping bring international healthcare operators as part of the package to meet the demands and expectations of the ambitious upcoming tenders.
Describe in detail the values and the work culture that drives your organization.
Our company stands for and promotes an inclusive culture and embraces diversity — a prerequisite to unleashing the potential of everybody to serve 8 billion people worldwide. We want to be innovative, reliable, and a long-term trusted partner to our customers. At the same time, we feel obliged to develop competence and create long-term value in the countries we are active in.
Undeniably, technology is playing a significant role in almost every sector. How are you leveraging technological advancements to make your solutions resourceful?
Technological advancement and innovation are part of our legacy and a defining part of our very own Siemens Healthineers DNA.
We have been pushing market development in medical technology for more than 125 years. We are addressing customer and patient needs and developing interconnective solutions. In combination with Varian and its pioneering history, our portfolio now spans imaging, diagnostics, and cancer therapy.
What, according to you, could be the following significant change in the global healthcare sector? How is your company preparing to be a part of that change?
We are looking at numerous opportunities across AI, the metaverse and others. Some of the major technological advancements eventually would be explored in IT and digitalization. It will also create a significant impact on Digital Twin technology, a digital health doppelganger that mirrors every detail of our real-world physical health, offering a vast potential for application, from weight management or genetic predisposition to cancer mitigation, detection and survival.
We also see a lot of potential in strengthening exchange and collaboration with international healthcare operators and NGOs to foster co-creation and incubator programs. Especially with regards to training & education to bridge the gap in staff shortage we are facing in the industry.
Where do you envision yourself to be in the long run, and what are your future goals for Siemens Healthineers?
We want to enhance access to care. For everyone. Everywhere. We will remain at the forefront of innovation and continue to expand boundaries, delivering on our primary objective to provide high-quality healthcare solutions and to improve patient outcomes. We will continue to support our partners and customers in current and future challenges such as limited funding, shortage of qualified staff, limitations of local infrastructure, aging population, rising burden of chronic diseases, and increasing frequency of emergency disruptions accelerated by climate change.
What would be your advice to budding entrepreneurs who aspire to venture into the healthcare industry?
Entrepreneurs in our industry should thoroughly analyze the market potential and, even more importantly, identify the barriers in advance. In the healthcare industry, you will need prolonged and robust stamina.