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November 15, 2011

Phyllis Carter Phone +49 6151 72-7144

Merck: Joachim Christ to Lead Corporate Controlling

Darmstadt, November 15, 2011 - Merck KGaA announced today that Joachim Christ will join the company on January 1, 2012 as Head of Corporate Controlling. He will report to Matthias Zachert, Member of the Executive Board of Merck and Chief Financial Officer. "I am pleased that Joachim Christ is joining Merck to take on this important position," said Matthias Zachert. "Because of his past positions at Hoechst, Aventis and Lanxess, Joachim Christ has extensive experience in both the pharmaceutical and chemical industries as well as in the Controlling function. He is ideally qualified to develop the Controlling function at Merck into a true partner to our businesses. One of our overriding aims is to further develop and substantially modernize our Finance organization." Joachim Christ (46) completed an apprenticeship as an industrial management specialist and earned a degree in business administration while working for Hoechst AG. Starting in 1987, he held a variety of management positions of increasing responsibility, initially within Controlling at Hoechst AG and later on at its successor company, Aventis. During the course of his career he has held the positions of Controller for a Strategic Business Unit and Regional Controller for Europe/Middle East/Africa, as well as Controller for Global Production. On December 1, 2004, Christ took over the leadership of Corporate Controlling at Lanxess AG in Leverkusen to build this function in the newly created company, from where he will now be moving to Merck.

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