Boards & Committees

We combine the dynamism of a global, technology-driven company with the long-term thinking of our founding family. It’s this mix of traditional values and innovation that shapes our strategy and success.

Steering for success

Our company is organized as a Corporation with general partners (Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien - KGaA): a hybrid of an Aktiengesellschaft (German stock corporation) and a Kommanditgesellschaft with a focus on German stock corporation law. At least one partner has unlimited liability for the company’s creditors (general partner). Currently all members of the Executive Board of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, are general partners with personal liability. The others (shareholders) hold an interest in the share capital without any personal liability for the company’s debts. Shareholders hold around 30% of the total capital of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and the Merck family owns an interest of around 70% via the general partner E. Merck KG, Darmstadt, Germany which is represented by the Board of Partners. This board makes policy decisions for Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, and shapes our corporate strategy. The Board of Partners supervises the Executive Board in its management of the company.

Our Executive Board and Supervisory Board steer and monitor the realization of our vision together with the Board of Partners. All board members build on years of experience and a wide set of skills to contribute to our success.

So do our Committees: by closely supervising our business activities and acting as competent advisors in the fields of Personnel, Finance and Research and


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Our investor base is as diverse and international as our company itself. Since our share is a bearer share only, NASDAQ provides an analysis of our top investors as well as our shareholder structure by type and region.
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Annual General Meeting
Every year, our shareholders come together to make important decisions on our company’s business. We provide comprehensive material to help them make well-informed voting decisions.
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Directors Dealings
As required by German law, we are transparent about any transactions, above a certain threshold, made by persons discharging managerial responsibilities at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.