Sabia Schwarzer | Influence 100

Sabia Schwarzer 

Global Head of Communications & Responsibility 



After 25 years at insurance firm Allianz, including nearly seven years in the top comms job, Sabia Schwarzer joined science and tech leader Merck Group in January 2022. She heads up the group communications, brand and corporate affairs function which focuses on raising the global profile of Merck and building the company’s reputation as the leader in science and technology.

Schwarzer says she’s passionate about equality, tech and health and has acquired the taste for financial services, no doubt thanks to quarter of a decade at Allianz. She’s seen as one of the best of a new breed of German communicators, challenging a PR landscape that is often typified by a reluctance to take risks, and was honoured with an Outstanding Individual Achievement SABRE Award at the virtual EMEA ceremony in 2020.

At Allianz she held a variety of senior marketing and communications roles across the world, including as head of communications for North America for 14 years, being a board member of the Allianz Foundation, and as head of communications for Asia Pacific.