Dr. Fritz Merkle, Dipl.-Phys., serves as Chief Technology Officer of OHB-System AG at OHB AG and Member of the Management Board at OHB Orbitale Hochtechnologie Bremen-System AG since 2003 and serves as its Member of Business Development. He has been a Business Development & Chief Marketing Officer of OHB SE since August 14, 2015. Dr. Merkle has been Member of the Executive Board at OHB SE since June 1, 2014.
With OHB for the past 14 years, Dr. Fritz Merkle has been deputy chairman of the Management Board of OHB System AG for a number of years - a position which he will retain. Dr. Merkle was guest researcher at the IBM Almaden research laboratory in San Jose, California, after his studies.
Between 1984 and 1992, he worked at the European Southern Observatory in Garching, where he was part of project management for the Very Large Telescope in the Atacama Desert in Chile. Thereafter, he was head of space technology business at Carl Zeiss in Oberkochen and Jena for a period of eight years. He is a physicist with a doctorate from the University of Heidelberg.