Big Step Up for Merck's Frazier

He will be in charge of its global human health operations.
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on Thursday named Kenneth Frazier, its top lawyer, to run its global human health operations.

In effect, Frazier, 52, becomes the second-ranking executive at Merck behind Richard Clark, who holds the titles of chairman, CEO and president. Frazier succeeds

Peter Loescher, who recently left to become chief executive at


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Frazier, who has been executive vice president and general counsel, will start his new job Aug. 1. He will be in charge of more than 30,000 employees and be responsible for worldwide marketing and sales. The new general counsel is Bruce Kuhlik, who has been vice president and associate general counsel for two years.

Since 1999, Frazier had been Merck's general counsel. He joined the company in 1992 after having been a partner at the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath.

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