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Hester De Voogd

Merck
Global Employee Engagement & Communications Lead
With her position as Global Lead Employee Engagement & Communication at Merck, Hester took on a newly created role building and leading the employee engagement and communications team focused on developing and executing the employee communications strategy for the 70,000+ employees worldwide. In this capacity Hester is a member of Merck’s Global Communications Leadership Team.

Having worked in the field of communications for over 20 years, Hester brings to her role a vast array of international business communications expertise including mergers, business development, carve outs and divestments, crisis management and senior leadership coaching and messaging.

Born in the Netherlands, Hester started her career at Merck’s country organization (known as MSD outside the US Canada) and then progressed to lead the European regional communications team in Switzerland, overseeing communications focused on a wide range of countries, businesses topics and issues. Before moving into her current role Hester was responsible for global external and internal communications at Merck Animal Health.

In the early stages of her professional life, Hester held communications positions in the chemical industry (DSM), media and telecommunications (Liberty Global) and government (DOJ). She obtained a master’s degree in Business Communication from Nijmegen University and completed coursework at Simmons College (leadership) and Wharton (finance). Currently, Hester resides with her husband and Belgian Malinois in New Jersey.

For more information:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/hester-de-voogd-0782822/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/habdevoogd

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