Dr. John H. Noseworthy Nominated to Stand for Election to Merck Board of Directors


April 10, 2017 3:30 pm ET

Merck (NYSE: MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada,
today announced that Dr. John H. Noseworthy, president and chief
executive officer of Mayo Clinic, has been nominated to stand for
election to the company’s board of directors. The annual election of Dr.
Noseworthy and the other directors will take place in connection with
Merck’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 23, 2017. With the
proposed addition of Dr. Noseworthy, and the planned retirement of C.
Robert Kidder, the Merck board will include 13 members.

“We are pleased to nominate Dr. John Noseworthy to stand for election to
the Merck board and look forward to benefiting from his first-hand
insights about patient care and health care delivery as a leader of one
of the largest non-profit health systems in the United States,” said
Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman and chief executive officer, Merck.

Dr. John H. Noseworthy is president and chief executive officer of Mayo
Clinic, a not-for-profit organization operating in five states that is
dedicated to medical care, research and education. Prior to his current
appointment, he served as chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of
Neurology, medical director of the Department of Development, and vice
chair of the Mayo Clinic Rochester Executive Board. Dr. Noseworthy is a
professor in the Department of Neurology and served as editor-in-chief
for Neurology, the official journal of the American Academy of

Dr. Noseworthy earned his medical degree from Dalhousie University in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He completed his neurology training at
Dalhousie University and the University of Western Ontario, and a
research fellowship at Harvard Medical School. He has received the
Alumnus of the Year award from Dalhousie University, an honorary
doctorate of science degree from the University of Western Ontario, and
an honorary doctorate of laws from Dalhousie University. He also is a
Health Governor of the World Economic Forum.

About Merck

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to help the world be well. Merck is known as MSD outside the United
States and Canada. Through our prescription medicines, vaccines,
biologic therapies, and animal health products, we work with customers
and operate in more than 140 countries to deliver innovative health
solutions. We also demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to
health care through far-reaching policies, programs and partnerships.
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