Medela, headquartered in Switzerland, was founded by Olle Larsson in 1961. Under the leadership of Olle Larsson's son, Michael, Medela has become one of the world's leading manufacturers of breastfeeding products and medical vacuum equipment. Medela's secret to success lies in continuous research, innovation and customer insight. Medela has 18 subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia. Medela products are sold directly or through independent partners in more than 100 countries around the world. The total number of Medela employees worldwide is 1,740, of whom 440 are based in Switzerland (as of December 31, 2016).