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Merck Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier to Speak at Drexel’s 2019 Commencement

Portrait photo of Kenneth Frazier

March 11, 2019

Merck & Co., Inc. Chairman and CEO Kenneth C. Frazier will address the class of 2019 at Drexel’s University-wide commencement ceremony on June 14. In what has become a Drexel tradition, the University will once again hold its University-wide ceremony at Citizens Bank Park. Frazier’s contributions in the business, legal and humanitarian fields are especially notable.

“I’m certain our graduating class will enjoy hearing from a highly successful corporate executive whose career in business, law and public service roles has given him a unique perspective, and whose personal journey stretches from North Philadelphia to Harvard Law to the corporate boardroom,” said Drexel President John Fry.

Under Frazier’s leadership, Merck is delivering innovative lifesaving medicines and vaccines as well as long-term and sustainable value to its multiple stakeholders. Frazier has substantially increased Merck’s investment in research, including early research, while refocusing the organization on the launch and growth of key products that provide benefit to society. He has also led the formation of philanthropic and other initiatives that build on Merck’s 125-year plus legacy.

Frazier joined the company in 1992 and has held positions of increasing responsibility including general counsel and president. Prior to joining Merck, he was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. He currently sits on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medicine, Exxon Mobil Corporation and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia. Frazier is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association.

Frazier received his bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University and holds a JD from Harvard Law School.

More information about Drexel’s commencement is available at this link.