Dr. Kley is former Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Merck KGaA, a leading producer of high-tech products in healthcare, life science and performance materials. He served in this role from 2007 to 2016. Before joining Merck KGaA, Dr. Kley was a member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG from 1998 to 2006, where he served as Chief Financial Officer. From 1982 to 1998, Dr. Kley worked for Bayer AG in a variety of positions, including as head of corporate finance and investor relations. Dr. Kley has served as vice chairman of the supervisory board of BMW AG since 2010 and a member of that board since 2008; as chairman of the supervisory board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG since September 2017 and a member of that board since 2014; and as chairman of the supervisory board of E.ON SE since 2016.
Dr. Kley brings to our Board significant leadership experience as CEO of an innovative, global operation navigating a highly competitive, complex and rapidly changing ecosystem. His extensive expertise in corporate finance acquired during his tenure as CEO, Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of similarly complex organizations, combined with his director roles on the boards of other public companies, provides our Board with a unique global perspective and critical capabilities in strategic oversight and corporate governance.
Dr. Kley has served as a Director of Verizon since 2015. He is a member of the Finance Committee.