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Change to the Board of the Robert Koch Foundation

November 26, 2018

New Chairman – Wolfgang Plischke
New Treasurer – Stefan Schmittmann
New Secretary – Andreas Penk

Berlin – Professor Dr. Wolfgang Plischke, member of the Supervisory Board of Bayer
AG, was elected as the new Chairman of the Foundation in the general meeting of the
Robert Koch Foundation which took place on November 16, 2018. Plischke takes up
his post with immediate effect and succeeds Dr. Hubertus Erlen, who was Foundation
Chairman for ten years.

At the same time, the general meeting elected Dr. Stefan Schmittmann, Chairman of
the Supervisory Board of Commerzbank AG, as a Member of the Board and Treasurer
of the Foundation. He takes over this position from his predecessor Klaus-Peter
Müller, the former Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Commerzbank AG, who
was responsible for the financial affairs of the Foundation since 2008.
A new Secretary was also elected by the general meeting. With immediate effect,
Dr. Andreas Penk, Regional President Oncology International Developed Markets at
Pfizer, joins the Board of the Foundation and takes over the secretaryship from
Wolfgang Plischke.

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