Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Walter Galinat

Walter Galinat
  • Member of the Executive Board
  • CEO Performance Materials
Walter Galinat, born on January 31, 1956 in Erzhausen, Germany, has been a member of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, since April 2016. He is responsible for the Performance Materials business sector, which he has led as CEO and President since 2010.
Prior to that, Walter Galinat held various leadership positions within the company, which he joined as an apprentice in 1976. These include the responsibility for the Liquid Crystals business since 2007, for the former Analytics & Reagents division since 2000, and for the former laboratory distribution business since 1996. From 1984 until 1994, Walter Galinat built up our subsidiary in Taiwan. He is married.
Responsibility for Group functions
  • Patents & Scientific Information
External positions

  • Chairman of the Hessian Chapter of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI)
  • Member of the Trade Policy Committee of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI)
  • Board of Trustees of the Chemical Industry Fund within the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI)


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