Michael Kleinemeier Chairman of the Merck Supervisory Board until the 2024 AGM

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Michael Kleinemeier

Merck announced that the supervisory board has elected Michael Kleinemeier (66) as its Chair. Among other roles, Kleinemeier was a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE, Walldorf, as Head of SAP Digital Business Services from 2015 to 2020. He has been a member of the Merck Supervisory Board since 2019. The election of a new Chair of the Supervisory Board was required because the former Chair, Dr. Wolfgang Büchele, took on the role of Chair of the Board of Partners of E. Merck KG at the end of January 2024 and therefore resigned early from his position in the Supervisory Board.

Michael Kleinemeier will serve as Chair of the Supervisory Board until April 26, 2024, when the Merck Annual General Meeting is scheduled to elect six new shareholder representatives to the Supervisory Board. The Supervisory Board position made vacant by the departure of Wolfgang Büchele will then be newly filled and another Supervisory Board member will be elected. Until then, the Supervisory Board will temporarily operate with 15 members instead of the usual 16. After the 2024 Annual General Meeting, the new Supervisory Board will elect a chairperson.

Michael Kleinemeier will continue to serve as a Member of the Board of Partners of E. Merck KG.

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