Belén Garijo

Chair of Executive Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Belén Garijo is the Chair of the Executive Board and CEO of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. She joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in 2011 as Chief Operating Officer of the Biopharma business, becoming President and CEO of Healthcare in 2015. Before taking her current office in May 2021, Belén Garijo served as Vice-Chair of the Executive Board and Deputy CEO.

Under her leadership of the Healthcare business, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, became a key global player in oncology, immunology, and immuno-oncology. This success followed her repositioning of the portfolio, the reorganization of R&D and the realignment of the commercial model. In addition, Belén Garijo forged two major global alliances that further contributed to the value of the Healthcare portfolio. She also focused on the globalization of the business to expand Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany`s position within the U.S., Japan, and other high-growth markets.

Before joining Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Belén Garijo served as the Senior Vice President of Global Operations Europe at Sanofi-Aventis and Global Integration Leader of Genzyme after its acquisition by Sanofi. She previously held several local and global executive positions, both in R&D and commercial, at various companies at the forefront of the healthcare sector.

Belén Garijo is a medical doctor specializing in clinical pharmacology. She started her career as a practicing physician at La Paz hospital in Madrid, Spain, before moving into the pharmaceutical industry.

Belén Garijo was born on July 31, 1960 in Almansa, Spain. She is married and has two daughters.

Responsibility for Group functions

  • Group Legal & Compliance
  • Group Internal Auditing
  • Corporate Sustainability, Quality & Trade Compliance
  • Group Communications, Brand & Corporate Affairs
  • Group Human Resources
  • Group Strategy, M&A and Venturing
  • Group Science & Technology Office

External positions

  • Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., Bilbao, Spain, (publicly listed company), Independent Director of the Board
  • L’Oréal SA, Clichy, France, (publicly listed company), Independent Director of the Board
  • German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), Member of the Executive Committee



The Curriculum Vitae of the Executive Board Members are updated when changes occur or regularly upon the publication of the invitation to the annual general meeting.

(Updated on: October 2021)