Merck KGaA has appointed Friedhelm Felten as its new head of corporate procurement with responsibility for the group’s global purchasing activities. Felkten will report to chief financial officer Dr Michael Becker. He succeeds Friedrich Schmitt, who has held the role since 1997 and retires at the end of July.
Friedhelm joined Merck in July 2009 as head of procurement for services, having previously served at international companies such as DHL and BASF
Merck’s Corporate Procurement function is responsible for purchasing production materials such as pharmaceutical raw materials and chemicals, and for procuring technical components such as production and laboratory equipment as well as services like pharmaceutical research and development.