MRK Merck & Co

Filed: 1 Feb 21, 7:04am






Washington, D.C.  20549






Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): February 1, 2021 (January 26, 2021)


Merck & Co., Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


New Jersey 1-6571 22-1918501
(State or other jurisdiction of
File Number)
 (I.R.S Employer
Identification No.)


2000 Galloping Hill Road, Kenilworth, NJ 07033
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)


(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code) (908) 740-4000


Not Applicable 
 (Former name, former address, and former fiscal year if changed since last report.) 


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of Each Class Trading Symbol(s) Name of Each Exchange on which Registered
Common Stock ($0.50 par value) MRK New York Stock Exchange
1.125% Notes due 2021 MRK/21 New York Stock Exchange
0.500% Notes due 2024 MRK24 New York Stock Exchange
1.875% Notes due 2026 MRK/26 New York Stock Exchange
2.500% Notes due 2034 MRK/34 New York Stock Exchange
1.375% Notes due 2036 MRK36A New York Stock Exchange







Item 5.02.Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.


(d) Incorporated by reference is a press release issued by Merck & Co., Inc. (the “Company”) on February 1, 2021, attached as Exhibit 99.1, announcing the election of Stephen L. Mayo to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), effective March 15, 2021. The Board appointed Dr. Mayo as a member of both the Research Committee and the Audit Committee of the Board.


For his service on the Board, Dr. Mayo will receive compensation as a non-employee director in accordance with the Company’s non-employee director compensation practices described under the “Director Compensation” section of the Company’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 6, 2020.


Dr. Mayo has no arrangements or understandings with any other person pursuant to which he was elected to the Board, nor does he have a relationship or related transaction with the Company that would require disclosure pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K of the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with his appointment as a director of the Company.


Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


99.1Press Release issued February 1, 2021


104Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


 Merck & Co., Inc.
Date:     February 1, 2021By:/s/ Kelly E. W. Grez
  Name:  Kelly E. W. Grez
  Title:    Deputy Corporate Secretary