Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK)

About Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK)

Company Description:


Merck & Co., Inc., known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, is a global leader in healthcare, offering innovative medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, and animal health products. It operates with a commitment to improving health and well-being around the world.

The company was founded by George Merck in 1891 and is headquartered in Rahway, New Jersey, United States.


Main Product(s):


Merck's products range widely, including therapies for oncology, neurodegenerative diseases, infectious diseases, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and more, as well as a broad portfolio of vaccines for childhood and adult diseases.


Short History of Merck & Co., Inc:


  • 1891 – Merck & Co. was founded by George Merck in New Jersey.
  • 1917 – Merck & Co. was established as a separate American company.
  • 1953 – Merck & Co. merged with Philadelphia-based Sharp & Dohme, Inc.
  • 1993 – Entered into a joint venture with AstraZeneca called Astra Merck.
  • 2009 – Merck merged with Schering-Plough.
  • 2023 – Continues to be a leading company in healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

Key Executives:

NameTitlePayExercisedYear Born
Mr. Robert M. Davis J.D.Chairman, President & CEO6.08M6.77M1967
Ms. Caroline LitchfieldExecutive VP & CFO2.8MN/A1969
Ms. Jennifer L. ZacharyExecutive VP & General Counsel2.73M3.46M1978
Dr. Dean Y. Li M.D., Ph.D.Executive VP & President of Merck Research Laboratories3.44MN/A1962
Mr. Chirfi GuindoSenior VP & Chief Marketing Officer for Merck Human Health1.54MN/A1966
Mr. David Michael WilliamsExecutive VP and Chief Information & Digital OfficerN/AN/A1969
Mr. Peter DannenbaumVice President of Investor RelationsN/AN/AN/A
Lisa LeCointe-CephasSenior VP and Chief Ethics & Compliance OfficerN/AN/A1982
Ms. Cristal N. DowningExecutive VP and Chief Communications & Public Affairs OfficerN/AN/A1970
Mr. Steven C. MizellExecutive VP & Chief Human Resources OfficerN/AN/A1960

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