Marcus Kuhnert

Member of the Executive Board | Chief Financial Officer

Marcus Kuhnert, born in 1968 in Chicago, has been a member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany since August 2014. In September 2017, Marcus Kuhnert additionally took over the responsibility for the newly founded Business Services of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He also assumed the accountability for Group Procurement in October 2018.

Before joining Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, he worked for Henkel AG & Co. KGaA, most recently as Chief Financial Officer of the Laundry & Home Care business unit. His previous positions at Henkel included the leadership of the CEO Office and Strategy Development, as well as Corporate Communications ad interim in 2009. From 2007 to 2008, Marcus Kuhnert worked in Singapore as Regional General Manager of Adhesive Technologies for Southeast Asia and played a key role in integrating the largest acquisition in Henkel’s history. Prior to that, he headed Group Financial Statements & Subsidiary Controlling from 2003 to 2006. He began his career at Henkel in Controlling and Investor Relations in 1999.

Marcus Kuhnert studied Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Darmstadt and graduated with a PhD. He is married and has three children.

Responsibility for Group functions

  • Group Accounting
  • Group Controlling & Risk Management
  • Divisional Controlling
  • Group Treasury
  • Group Tax
  • Investor Relations
  • Business Services
  • Group Procurement
  • Information Technology

External positions

  • Economic Advisory Board Fraport AG, Member
  • Regional Advisory Council Region Central Deutsche Bank, Member
  • Vice Chairman of the Hessian Chapter of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI)



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: March 2021)