Willie A. Deese

by LP Green, II
Willie A. Deese
Former Executive Vice President - President of Merck Manufacturing Division
Merck & Co. Inc.
Boards: CDK Global, Inc., Dentsply International, Inc., Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc. (PSEG)

Willie A. Deese was Executive Vice President and President of Merck Manufacturing Division with responsibility for Merck’s worldwide manufacturing operations. He oversaw a network of more than 55 manufacturing and distribution sites with approximately 16,500 employees in 22 countries around the world, with an operating budget of $8.0 Billion. Deese was responsible for Merck’s global procurement organization. Mr. Deese also served as a member of Merck’s Executive Committee. Deese joined Merck as Senior Vice President, Global Procurement, in January 2004, after having established a track record of outstanding success as an executive and manager for several pharmaceutical, health care and high technology companies.

Deese was the Chairman of the North Carolina A&T State University Board of Trustees.

Deese holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from North Carolina A&T State University and an MBA from Western New England College.

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