JAMES H. Scholefield, Executive Vice President and Chief Information and Digital Officer of Merck, has been a director of the company since October 2017.
Currently, Mr. Scholefield is responsible for leading all aspects of Merck’s information technology and digital strategy, including developing and implementing new and emerging technologies and capabilities to drive efficiencies and growth, as well as developing and implementing the digital strategy roadmap.
As the Global Chief Information Officer of NIKE Inc., from June 2015 through October 2018, he led the company’s enterprise technology strategy, where he delivered innovative solutions to support the company’s business growth. Mr. Scholefield served as the Chief Technology Officer for The Coca-Cola Company from November 2010 to June 2015. There he was responsible for the organization’s IT strategy, tech operations and technology engineering. Before joining Coca-Cola, Mr. Scholefield held IT leadership roles at Northern Trust, Ford Motor Company and Procter & Gamble.
Mr. Scholefield is 57 years old and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Corporate Governance Committees.
Mr. Scholefield’s expertise in the digitization and technology space, which spans both consumer products and automotive industries, is of tremendous value to the company. His familiarity with cybersecurity issues is also of value as the company expands its digital presence in marketing and product development.