Supervisory Board

In our company, the representatives of the shareholders and the employees meet on an equal footing. Together, they review the decisions of the executive board and act as competent advisors.

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

(Updated in: April 2024)

Michael Kleinemeier (Chairman)

Representative of Shareholders
Member since April 26, 2019
Profession Managing Director of e-mobiligence GmbH
Board positions
  • E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany1 (Member of the Board of Partners)
  • Merck Life Science KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany1, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (Chair of the Supervisory Board)
  • SRH Holding, Heidelberg, Germany
CV Michael Kleinemeier
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2028
Nationality German

Sascha Held (Vice Chairman)

Representative of Employees
Member since April 26, 2019
Profession Application Consultant (full-time member and Chairman of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Joint Works Council)
Board positions
  • none
CV Sascha Held
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

Birgit Biermann

Representative of Employees
Member since July 14, 2022
Profession Vice Chair of IGBCE
Board positions
  • adidas AG, Herzogenaurach, Germany (Member of the Supervisory Board)²
  • Member of the University Council, THGA, Bochum, Germany
CV Birgit Biermann
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

Katja Garcia Vila

Representative of Shareholders
Member since April 26, 2024
Profession Member of the Executive Board Group Finance and Controlling, Group IT ("CFO"), Continental AG
Board positions
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board Continental Automotive Technologies GmbH
  • Member of the Supervisory Board Continental Reifen Deutschland GmbH
CV Katja Garcia Vila
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2028
Nationality German

Carla Kriwet

Representative of Employees
Member since April 26, 2024
Profession Supervisory Board Member and Senior Advisor
Board positions
  • none
CV Carla Kriwit
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2028
Nationality German

Barbara Lambert

Representative of Shareholders
Member since August 11, 2023
Profession Supervisory and Administrative Board Member
Board positions
  • Deutsche Börse AG, Eschborn, Germany, (Member of the Supervisory Board)²
  • Implenia AG, Opfikon, Switzerland (Member of the Supervisory Board)²
  • UBS Switzerland AG, Switzerland / Credit Suisse (Switzerland) AG, Switzerland
    (Group Mandate), (Member of the Board of Directors)3
CV Barbara Lambert
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2028
Nationality German, Swiss

Anne Lange

Representative of Employees
Member since April 26, 2019
Profession

Application Engineer (full-time member and Vice Chairwoman of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Joint Works Council)

Board positions
  • none
CV Anne Lange
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

Dietmar Oeter

Representative of Employees
Member since May 9, 2014
Profession Vice President Corporate Quality Assurance
Board positions
  • none
CV Dietmar Oeter
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

Stefan Palzer

Representative of Shareholders
Member since April 26, 2024
Profession Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Nestlé S.A., Switzerland: Head of Innovation, Technology and R&D
Board positions
  • none
CV Stefan Palzer
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2028
Nationality German & Swiss

Alexander Putz

Representative of Employees
Member since May 28, 2020
Profession Chemical laboratory assistant (fulltime member of the Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Joint Works Council)
Board positions
  • Merck Electronics KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany1, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (Vice Chair of the Supervisory Board)
CV Alexander Putz
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

Christian Raabe

Representative of Employees
Member since April 26, 2019
Profession IT Business Partner
Board positions
  • none
CV Christian Raabe
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

Michael Reinhart

Representative of Employees
Member since April 26, 2024
Profession District Manager IGBCE Darmstadt
Board positions
  • CSL Behring, Marburg, Germany
CV Michael Reinhart
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

Susanne Schaffert

Representative of Shareholders
Member since April 26, 2024
Profession Board Director and Independent Consultant
Board positions
  • E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany (Member of the Board of Partners
  • Galapagos NV, Belgium (Member of the Board of Directors) (listed in Belgium),
  • Novo Holdings A/S, Denmark (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • ARTBio, USA, (Member of the Board of Directors)
  • Vetter Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Germany (Member of the Board)
  • Incyte Corporation, USA (Member of the Board of Directors) (listed in USA)
CV Susanne Schaffert
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2028
Nationality German

Sandra Schwebke

Representative of Employees
Member since April 26, 2024
Profession Biologist (Full-time member of the Merck Joint Works Council)
Board positions
  • none
CV Sandra Schwebke
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

Daniel Thelen

Representative of Shareholder representatives, appointed by E. Merck Beteiligungen KG, Darmstadt, Germany, 
a related party of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Member since April 26, 2019
Profession Program Manager Infrastructure, DB InfraGO AG
Board positions
  • E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany1 (Member of the Board of Partners)
CV Daniel Thelen
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

Simon Thelen

Representative of Shareholder representatives, appointed by E. Merck Beteiligungen KG, Darmstadt, Germany, 
a related party of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany
Member since April 26, 2019
Profession Senior Physician at the Clinic for Trauma and Hand Surgery, University Hospital Düsseldorf
Board positions
  • E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany1 (Member of the Board of Partners)
  • Merck Healthcare KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany1, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (Member of the Supervisory Board)
  • Merck Life Science KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany1, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (Member of the Supervisory Board)
  • Merck Electronics KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany1, an affiliate of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (Member of the Supervisory Board)
  • E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany1 (Member of the Executive Board)
CV Simon Thelen
Appointed until the end of the annual general meeting 2029
Nationality German

1Internal mandate
2Listed company
3Until the planned merger, expectedly in 2024