People: Merck KGaA (MRCG.DE)
Dr. Karl-Ludwig Kley has been Chairman of the Executive Board and General Partner of Merck KGaA since April 27, 2007. He studied Law at Ludwig-Maximiliams-Universitaet Muenchen, from where he graduated with Bachelor degree, in 1979, and with Doctorate in Philosophy degree in 1986. He is Lawyer by profession. He has served as Member of the Supervisory Board of the Company from March 27, 2004 till June 30, 2006. He has served as Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the Company from September 1, 2006 till April 27, 2007. He is responsible for Information Services, global Human Resources, Legal and Compliance, Patents, Auditing and Risk Management, Strategic Planning, In-house Consulting, Corporate Communications, Environment, Health and Safety. He is Member of the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann AG and has been Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BMW AG since May 18, 2010. He is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of 1. FC Koeln GmbH & Co KGaA. Prior to completing his studies, he completed an industrial business apprenticeship at Siemens AG. After completing his practical training as Lawyer in Hamburg and Johannesburg, from 1982 he worked in Corporate Finance and as Assistant to the Chairman of the Management Board at Bayer AG. After working abroad as Chief Financial Officer at Bayer in Japan, from 1987 to 1991, he held a number of senior management positions in the Pharmaceutical division in Sales and Marketing and, from 1994 to 1997, as Managing Director of the Italian subsidiary. Subsequently, he was in charge of Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at Bayer headquarters. In 1998, he joined the Executive Board of Lufthansa AG as Chief Financial Officer. He is also Member of the Presidential Council of the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI). He is also Member of the Executive Board and General Partner of E. Merck KG.
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