Kenneth C. Frazier, Merck Executive Chairman, Joins Cleveland Clinic Speaker Series

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Tom Mihaljevic, M.D., Cleveland Clinic CEO and President, and the holder of the Morton L. Mandel CEO Chair, will welcome Kenneth C. Frazier, Executive Chairman of the Board, Merck & Co., Inc., to join him as part of the speaker series, Ideas for Tomorrow.

Kenneth C. Frazier, Executive Chairman of the Board, Merck & Co., Inc.

The in-person event will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, at the InterContinental Hotel Bank of America Amphitheater in Cleveland at 9801 Carnegie Ave.  

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Frazier is the Executive Chairman of Merck’s board of directors, a role he began in July 2021, following his retirement from a decade-long tenure as Merck’s President and CEO. 

Under Frazier’s leadership, Merck delivered innovative medicines and vaccines. He substantially increased Merck’s investment in research, while refocusing the organization on the launch and growth of key products. He also led the formation of philanthropic and humanitarian initiatives that build on Merck’s 130-year legacy. 

Frazier joined Merck in 1992 and held positions of increasing responsibility, including general counsel, before becoming president and CEO in 2011. Prior to joining Merck, Frazier was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. His contributions, especially in the legal, business, and humanitarian fields, have been widely recognized. He sits on the boards of Weill Cornell Medicine, Eikon Therapeutics, the National Constitution Center and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia. 

He is co-founder and co-chair of OneTen, a coalition of leading organizations committed to training, hiring, and promoting one million Black Americans into family-sustaining jobs in the next 10 years. Cleveland Clinic partnered with OneTen and joined the coalition of employers.  

As a strong advocate for social justice and economic inclusion, Frazier is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Anti-Defamation League Courage Against Hate Award, the Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics from Columbia Business School, the Legend in Leadership Award from the Yale School of Management, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund National Equal Justice Award, and the National Minority Quality Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Frazier received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a law degree from Harvard.