As Chairman of GC’s Health Assurance Initiatives, I help guide GC’s Health Assurance strategy, which requires building and connecting an extended healthcare ecosystem — including a closer partnership between healthcare and pharma, and a focus on health equity to ensure quality healthcare is accessible to all. I focus on investments and partnerships, and providing mentorship to founders building companies that are well positioned to transform the healthcare industry through collaborative innovation.
I am also the executive chairman of the board of directors of Merck, where I served as president and chief executive officer for a decade, from 2011 to 2021. During my tenure as CEO, Merck delivered innovative lifesaving medicines and vaccines as well as long-term and sustainable value to its multiple stakeholders. I substantially increased Merck’s investment in research, including early research, while refocusing the organization on the launch and growth of key products that provide far-reaching benefits to society. I also led the formation of philanthropic and other initiatives that built on Merck’s 130-year legacy.
As a strong advocate for social justice and economic inclusion, I co-founded and currently serve as co-chair of OneTen, a coalition of leading organizations committed to upskilling, hiring, and promoting one million Black Americans into family-sustaining jobs. OneTen is committed to facilitating a meaningful, measurable, and lasting impact on racial and economic justice.
I am proud to serve on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medicine, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Catalyst, the National Constitution Center, and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA. I am a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Additionally, I am co-chair of the Legal Services Corporation’s Leaders Council.
I received a BA from The Pennsylvania State University and a JD from Harvard Law School.