Ken Frazier Named As Next Merck CEO

WHITEHOUSE STATION – Merck President Kenneth C. Frazier will take on the role of CEO beginning Jan. 1, 2011. Frazier will succeed Richard T. Clark, who will continue as chairman of the board.

“Merck’s Board of Directors and I have great confidence in Ken as the right CEO to lead this exceptional company into a new era of global health care,” said Clark. “Ken has made considerable contributions to our business every step of the way during his 18 years with Merck. His intellect, drive and deep understanding of our industry will greatly benefit Merck and our mission of improving and saving lives through scientific innovation. Ken is a gifted leader who has what it will take to ensure Merck’s success as we face unprecedented change and enormous opportunity.”


Frazier has served as president of Merck since May 2010. He leads Merck’s three major divisions: Global Human Health, Merck’s pharmaceutical and vaccine business; Merck Manufacturing Division, Merck’s manufacturing and supply division; and Merck Research Laboratories, Merck’s research organization.

Frazier joined Merck in 1992 as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Astra Merck Group. He was elected vice president of public affairs in 1994 and in 1997, assumed the additional responsibilities of assistant general counsel, corporate staff. Mr. Frazier was promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel in January 1999. In December 1999, he became senior vice president and general counsel. In this role, he oversaw Merck’s legal and public affairs functions and The Merck Company Foundation.

Commenting on his appointment as CEO, Frazier said, “I consider it a privilege to serve Merck in this capacity, and I am honored and excited about the opportunity. My immense respect for the people of Merck only reinforces my strong optimism about our future. Merck employees truly are our greatest advantage. As CEO, my responsibility will be to enable Merck colleagues to focus their considerable talent, creativity and commitment on meeting the changing needs of our global customers.”

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