I was born on September 13, 1965 and joined the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in April 2011.
I am responsible for the Performance Materials business sector, which I have been leading as CEO since September 2017. In addition, I act as Country Speaker Germany with responsibility for co-determination matters.
Prior to my current role, I was Chief Administration Officer of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany with responsibility for Group Human Resources, Group Business Technology, Group Procurement, Inhouse Consulting, Site Operations and Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Business Services as well as Environment, Health, Safety, Security, Quality.
In 2007, I became the first CIO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, with responsibility for Corporate Information Services. From 2004 to 2007, I served as Managing Director of our companies in Singapore and Malaysia, and prior to that I held senior executive responsibility for the Information Management and Consulting unit from 1999 to 2004. I began my career at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany in 1989 as an IT system consultant.
I studied computer science at the Technical University of Darmstadt from 1984 to 1989. In 1998, I earned a doctorate in Economics while working. I am married and have one son.