Executive of the Year Award

Recognizing an executive who's committed to the creation, promotion and protection of intellectual property.

Executive of the Year
Ken Frazier, CEO Merck & Co. Inc. 

IPO Education Foundation presents the 2020 Executive of the Year award to Ken Frazier for his commitment to the creation, promotion, and protection of intellectual property.

Mr. Frazier is the CEO of Merck & Co, Inc. Under Mr. Frazier’s leadership, Merck is delivering innovative lifesaving medicines and vaccines as well as long-term and sustainable value to its multiple stakeholders. Mr. Frazier has substantially increased Merck’s investment in research, including early research, while refocusing the organization on the launch and growth of key products that provide benefit to society.

Ken joined the company in 1992 and has held positions of increasing responsibility including General Counsel and President.  Prior to joining Merck, Ken was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath.  Ken’s contributions, especially in the legal, business and humanitarian fields, have been widely recognized. He sits on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medicine, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA.  He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute, and the American Bar Association.  Additionally, Ken is co-chair of the Legal Services Corporation’s Leaders Council.

Ken received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Ken Frazier was honored during the 20th Anniversary and Awards Celebration December 8-10.


Charles Dadswell, General Counsel at Illumina Inc.