Per this Reuters report:
. . . .Richard Henriques, who has been senior vice president of finance and corporate controller at pharmaceutical giant Merck since 2006, takes up his job at the Seattle-based foundation on April 19.
The Gates Foundation, which has an endowment worth $34 billion, works with a number of drugs companies as it fights malaria, AIDS, tuberculosis and other diseases in developing countries. It also funds a range of infrastructure and education projects. . . .
Interesting. Was he feeling "capped off", at New Merck? Clearly this is a promotion to more responsibilty, and a higher profile seat. Merck will miss his considerable talents, no doubt.