Inge Thulin Elected to Merck Board of Directors


January 24, 2018 7:00 am ET

Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside the United States and Canada,
today announced that Inge Thulin, chairman of the board, president and
chief executive officer of 3M, will join the company’s board of
directors effective March 1, 2018. Mr. Thulin will stand for election
with the company’s other directors in connection with Merck’s Annual
Meeting of Shareholders on May 22, 2018. With the addition of Mr.
Thulin, the Merck board will include 14 members.

“We are pleased to add Mr. Thulin to the Merck board and look forward to
benefiting from his extensive experience as a global leader of an
innovative and science-based company,” said Kenneth C. Frazier, chairman
and chief executive officer, Merck.

Mr. Thulin is chairman of the board, president and chief executive
officer of 3M, a company that applies science in collaborative ways to
improve lives and create solutions to global problems. 3M has also been
widely recognized for its commitment to sustainability and diversity.
Mr. Thulin began his career with 3M in Europe in 1979 and since then has
assumed several key roles of increasing responsibility, most recently
serving as chief operating officer prior to his current role.

Mr. Thulin earned degrees in economics and marketing from the University
of Gothenburg in Sweden. He is a National Committee on U.S.-China
Relations Honoree, has received the Peter G. Peterson Business
Statesmanship Award from the Committee for Economic Development, the
Lucia Trade Award from the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and the
Hendrickson Medal for Ethical Leadership. Most recently, Mr. Thulin was
honored by Junior Achievement of The Upper Midwest, Inc. as a 2016
Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

About Merck

For more than a century, Merck, a leading global biopharmaceutical
company known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, has been
inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of
the world’s most challenging diseases. 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. Today, Merck continues to be at the forefront of
research to advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that
threaten people and communities around the world – including cancer,
cardio-metabolic diseases, emerging animal diseases, Alzheimer’s disease
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