Darmstadt, Germany, May 12, 2017 – Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, a leading science and technology company, today announced that Constantin Birnstiel (45) will become Head of Group Communications. He will report to Stefan Oschmann, Executive Board Chairman & CEO of the company. Birnstiel succeeds Isabel De Paoli, who on October 1, 2016 had additionally assumed the role of Chief Strategy Officer, which she will focus on going forward.

“Isabel De Paoli has strategically developed Group Communications further and fully aligned it with the needs of our businesses. For this I would like to cordially thank her,” said Oschmann. “With Constantin Birnstiel, we have hired an internationally experienced communications professional who will work together with his team to purposefully build on the company’s successful positioning as a science and technology company.”

Most recently, Constantin Birnstiel was Head of Communications and Investor Relations at Uniper. The focus of his work there was on positioning the company, establishing financial communications and launching the brand. From 2011 to 2015, he was responsible for Communications, Investor Relations and Sustainability at Osram. He was the Head of Media Relations at Siemens from 2008 to 2011. Birnstiel studied political science, economics and law in Munich and earned a doctorate in political science.

Isabel De Paoli (42) joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in August 2006. She has headed strategy development for the Oncology business, among other things, and in 2012 she became responsible for strategic corporate planning. Afterwards, she set up the Group Strategy function. In 2016, she became Head of Group Communications. Following her engineering studies in Brazil and Hamburg, she started her career as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and then worked as a private equity manager for Permira.

Pictures of Isabel De Paoli and Constantin Birnstiel are attached.