Udit Batra

Member of the Executive Board, CEO Life Science


Udit Batra

Udit Batra, born on January 7, 1971 in New Delhi, India, joined the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in April 2016. He is responsible for the Life Science business which he has led as CEO since 2014. Prior to that he was responsible for our Consumer Health business.

Before he joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in 2011, Udit Batra was Head of Global Public Health and Market Access for Novartis Vaccines & Diagnostics. Prior to that, he served in a range of senior executive positions, including Global Head of Corporate Strategy at Novartis, Switzerland, as well as Country President for the Pharma business of Novartis, Australia. He also held several management positions at the global consultancy McKinsey & Company across the healthcare, consumer and non-profit sectors. Udit Batra started his career as a research engineer at the U.S. pharma company MSD.

Udit Batra holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University and a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware. He is married and has two children.

External positions

  • Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, Member of the Board
  • Massachusetts High Technology Council, Member of the Board
  • University of Delaware, Department of Chemical Engineering, Member of the Advisory Council