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Virtual Meeting Sees Major Resolutions Passed with Strong Shareholder Support

Darmstadt, Germany – This Friday, Merck, successfully conducted its 29th Annual General Meeting in a virtual format, where all proposed resolutions including a dividend of €2.20 per share were overwhelmingly approved.

Belén Garijo, the CEO and Chair of the Executive Board, addressed the shareholders, recapping the significant achievements of the past year and outlining the strategic direction for the future. The meeting was marked by the election of six new shareholder representatives to the Supervisory Board.

The new Supervisory Board members include Michael Kleinemeier, who will serve as the Chair, alongside Katja Garcia Vila, Dr. Carla Kriwet, Barbara Lambert, Prof. Dr. Stefan Palzer, and Dr. Susanne Schaffert. E. Merck Beteiligungen KG appointed Dr. Daniel Thelen and Professor Simon Thelen as the new family representatives. Employee representation on the board remains strong, featuring Sascha Held as the Vice Chair, along with Birgit Biermann, Anne Lange, Dietmar Oeter, Alexander Putz, Christian Raabe, Michael Reinhart, and Sandra Schwebke.

The election results were validated by a substantial turnout, with approximately 92.7 million of the issued 129.2 million shares represented at the meeting, accounting for 71.78% of the share capital. This high level of participation underscores the shareholders’ active engagement and support for Merck’s ongoing initiatives and governance.

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