Merck appoints new chief information, digital officer

Merck announced Wednesday it has appointed Jim Scholefield as its new chief information and digital officer, effective Oct. 29.

Scholefield will be responsible for leading the company’s technology and digital strategy. He will also be a member of its executive committee.

“We are pleased to welcome Jim as our new chief information and digital officer. His extensive experience leading large global IT organizations for multinational companies, including developing innovative digital capabilities, makes him an exceptional addition to our team,” Robert M. Davis, executive vice president, Merck Global Services and chief financial officer, Merck, said.

Prior to Merck, Scholefield was at NIKE Inc. as its chief information officer. Before that, he was chief technology officer at Coca-Cola and held leadership roles in information technology at The Northern Trust Co. and Ford. He started his career at Proctor & Gamble.

“I’m honored and excited to have the opportunity to join Merck, a company that has made — and continues to make — a significant difference in the world,” Scholefield said. “I look forward to contributing to the executive committee and to helping the company further succeed by driving industry-leading technology and digital capabilities across all aspects of the business.”