Organization and Succession Planning - Proactively Responding to
the Challenges of Tomorrow

The rapid growth of Sigma-Aldrich led to higher revenues outside the U.S. and so the company developed more regional responsibility and clearly defined management processes. As a consequence, European senior management decided to form a lean but highly professional team in Switzerland in order to generate a competitive advantage by proactively responding to the challenges of tomorrow. As Succession Planning is "one" key success factor to win in the hard-fought business environment the Management Team is having yearly discussions on Succession Planning and Organisation Developement.

Sigma-Aldrich International GmbH is a subsidiary of Merck