Kenneth Frazier, First African American to Serve as CEO of Pharmaceutical Company   Leave a comment


Kenneth Carleton Frazier (born December 17, 1954(1954-12-17)) is the Chairman, President and CEO of Merck & Co., and is the first African American to serve as the CEO of a pharmaceutical company.

Frazier, a native of Philadelphia,[1] graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1975 with a BA in Political Science, and attended Harvard Law School.

Frazier joined Merck in 1992, and became general counsel of the company in 2006.[2] As general counsel, he was credited with overseeing the company’s defense against Vioxx-related litigation.[3] From 2007 to 2010, he served as executive vice president and president of the company’s global human health unit.[2] In 2010, he became Merck’s president[2] and on January 1, 2011 its CEO.[4]

On November 11, 2011, as a member of the Penn State board of trustees, the board selected Frazier as chairman of a blue ribbon commission empaneled to investigate a child sex abuse scandal involving a former assistant football coach and allegations of a cover up by university officials

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Posted March 2, 2012 by pennylibertygbow in Entrepeneur

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