Kenneth C. Frazier

by Edward Cates
Kenneth C. Frazier
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Merck & Co., Inc.

Kenneth C. Frazier is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Merck & Co., Inc. Previously, Frazier served as President of Merck with responsibility for the company’s three major divisions: Merck Global Human Health, Merck’s sales and marketing division for pharmaceutical and vaccine products; Merck Manufacturing Division, Merck’s manufacturing and supply division; and Merck Research Laboratories, Merck’s research organization.


Frazier has held a broad range of senior management positions since joining Merck in 1992 as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of the Astra Merck Group. 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.


Frazier sits on the Boards of PhRMA (Chair), Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the President’s Export Council, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association.


Frazier holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

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