Frederic Wohlwend will assume the duties of Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Merck KGaA on April 1, 2011. He succeedes Kai Beckmann, who will join the Merck Executive Board with responsibility for global Human Resources on that date. Wohlwend will report directly to the Chairman of the Executive Board Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley.
Wohlwend, 45, has been Senior Vice President Information Services for Merck’s Chemicals business sector, which includes the Performance Materials and Merck Millipore divisions, since October 2010. During the previous three years, he served as Senior Vice President Information Services for Merck’s Pharmaceuticals business sector, which includes the Merck Serono and Consumer Health Care divisions. He was highly involved in the IT integration activities following the acquisitions of Serono in 2007 as well as Millipore in 2010.
Wohlwend, who is Swiss citizen, joined Merck in 2007 with the acquisition of the Swiss biotech pharmaceutical company Serono SA. He joined Serono in 1991 and held positions of increasing responsibility, lastly as CIO.
Wohlwend has a degree in Business Administration from HEC University in Geneva.
- Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany