MRK Merck & Co

Filed: 4 Feb 21, 11:16am

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 (February 4, 2021)

Merck & Co., Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

New Jersey


(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation)
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S Employer Identification No.)

2000 Galloping Hill Road, Kenilworth, NJ

(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 ClassTrading Symbol(s)Name of Each Exchange on which Registered
Common Stock ($0.50 par value)
New York Stock Exchange
1.125% Notes due 2021
New York Stock Exchange
0.500% Notes due 2024
New York Stock Exchange
1.875% Notes due 2026
New York Stock Exchange
2.500% Notes due 2034
New York Stock Exchange
1.375% Notes due 2036
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.


Merck & Co., Inc. (the “Company”) announced that Kenneth C. Frazier, the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer will retire as Chief Executive Officer, effective June 30, 2021.  After his retirement, Mr. Frazier will continue as Executive Chairman of the Company for a transition period to be determined by the Board of Directors (“Board”).

In addition, on February 1, 2021, the Board unanimously elected Robert M. Davis, age 54, the Company’s current Executive Vice President, Global Services and Chief Financial Officer, to serve as President of the Company, effective April 1, 2021, and as the Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company, effective July 1, 2021.

On February 4, 2021, the Company issued a press release (the “Press Release”) announcing the foregoing.  The Press Release is attached as Exhibit 99.1 and incorporated herein by reference.

Item 9.01.Financial Statements and Exhibits.


Press Release issued February 4, 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 4, 2021By:/s/  Jennifer Zachary

Jennifer Zachary

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary