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Dirk Toepfer

Group Chief Information Officer (CIO)


Dirk Toepfer is an internationally experienced IT Business Executive Manager with over 20 years in executive management positions. He lead large scale international IT consolidations and established Near- and Off-Shore facilities. During his tenure he has closed and managed many multi-million-Dollar outsourcing contracts and lead agile and digital Transformations of IT Organizations. Dirk has significant M&A experience from an IT and business perspective. He studied physics, among others at Dortmund University, where he earned a doctorate degree while working at DESY (Deutsche Elektronen-Synchrotron) institute in Hamburg. He began his professional career as project manager at Bertelsmann mediaSystems, where he was lastly responsible for Bertelsmann’s global IT infrastructure. From there, he joined Metro Group in 2002 as Managing Director and later as the CEO of the IT service company Metro Systems, consolidating international IT systems and restructuring the organization by establishing major offshore capabilities. In March 2018 he joined Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, as Group Chief Information Officer (CIO).

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