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Robert Yates to Lead Merck Millipore Division


Merck KGaA announced today that Robert Yates will become President of the Merck Millipore division as of September 1, 2011. He will report to Bernd Reckmann, Member of the Executive Board of Merck and responsible for the Chemicals business sector, which includes the Merck Millipore and Performance Materials divisions. Reckmann has led the division since Merck's acquisition of the Millipore Corporation in July 2010.

"With the successful acquisition and integration of Millipore we have established a world-class partner for the life science industry," Reckmann said. "Now, we are entering the next phase of our growth plan focused on delivering value to our customers by driving our pioneering innovation agenda, further penetrating new and established markets and optimizing our infrastructure. To fully focus on these activities we decided to appoint a dedicated President of the Merck Millipore division and I am happy to announce today that Robert Yates will join us from September 1."

Reckmann continued: "Robert joins us from the diagnostics division of Roche, where he led the Life Sciences business in Penzberg, Germany and served as a member of the Diagnostics Executive Committee. He has held a range of key global executive positions at Roche during the past 22 years. Robert has a wealth of experience in the Life Science industry and a strong background in integrating global businesses, building performance cultures and driving strategic business value. His experience aligns with Merck Millipore's top priorities, which include maintaining a focus on quality growth and leveraging Merck Millipore's industry expertise to further expand the broad range of innovative solutions we provide our customers."

Source: Merck KGaA