Merz, Inc. Announces Promotion of Hyunna Coelho to Vice President, Commercial Excellence

GREENSBORO, N.C., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Merz, Inc. (US affiliate of Merz Pharma Group) today announced that Hyunna Coelho has been promoted to vice president, commercial excellence. As Vice President – Commercial Excellence, Coelho will be primarily responsible for commercial excellence in the areas of sales training and development, corporate communication, sales operations, market research, competitive intelligence, forecasting, and operational analytics for Merz in the U.S.

"In this new role, Hyunna will lead the harmonization of several critical operational functions. Training and commercial excellence will become a cornerstone of our Merz North America fabric allowing our employees to better meet the needs of our customers and patients. Further, enhancing our Analytics and securing robust, timely and informative internal and external communications will allow us to align more quickly with all stakeholders," said Bill Humphries, president and chief executive officer of Merz, Inc. "I am convinced that maximizing these synergies and opportunities, we will provide better service to our employees, customers, and the patients that our products treat."

Coelho joined Merz in November 2009 as National Sales Director – Aesthetics. Upon the acquisition of BioForm (now Merz Aesthetics) by the Merz Pharma Group in January 2010, she joined Merz Aesthetics as their Area Business Director – East. Coelho brings over 21 years of leadership experience including extensive experience managing high performance sales teams. Prior to joining Merz, she was the Eastern Business Unit Director at OraPharma, Inc., a division of Johnson & Johnson for over 8½ years.

"I had the pleasure to work with Hyunna for two years at Merz Aesthetics where she was a recognized and respected leader for the sales and commercial teams. Her ability to effectively communicate and lead along with her strategic agility will ensure that she is a success in this new role," said Dennis Condon, president, Merz Aesthetics. "I am pleased to see Hyunna promoted to the Vice President – Commercial Excellence. I know she will make an immediate impact for the organization in this new role."

Coelho obtained her Bachelor of Science from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. She also earned her Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Pharmaceutical Marketing from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA. Hyunna will be based out of the office in Greensboro, NC.

About Merz, Inc.

Merz, Inc. is responsible for developing and commercializing products in the United States for Merz Pharma Group. Areas of therapeutic focus include Neurology, Aesthetics, and Dermatology.

About Merz Pharma Group

Globally, the companies of Merz Pharma Group are focused on medications for treating neurological and psychiatric illnesses and thereby assume a leading role in the field of Alzheimer research. Another important area of competency of Merz Pharma Group is Clinical Dermatology and Aesthetic Medicine. Merz Pharma Group is also active in the Health sector outside of the pharmacy. In the field of consumer products, with its established brands of tetesept® and Merz Spezial®, Merz Consumer Care is a leading provider of products for self-medication, nutritional supplements, and skin care. Merz Pharma Group is a privately owned company, founded in 1908 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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