Frederic Wohlwend will take over as chief information officer (CIO) of Merck KGaA on 1 April, succeeding Kai Beckmann, who will join the Merck executive board with responsibility for global human resources on that date. Wohlwend will report directly to chairman Karl-Ludwig Kley.
Wohlwend has been senior vice president, information services for Merckís Chemicals business, which includes the Performance Materials and Merck Millipore divisions.
Prior to this, he was senior vice president, information services for Merckís Pharmaceuticals business, which includes the Merck Serono and Consumer Health Care divisions.
Wohlwend 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, latterly as CIO.