Hints — At What Merck CEO & Chairman Kenneth Frazier’s “Next Chapter” Will Entail? I Certainly Hope So.

Mr. Frazier was, in 2017-18 (as we detailed, in real time), one of the lone voices — from public multinationals — willing to confront Tangerine’s overt racism and lawlessness.

And so, he prepares for life after Merck, as soon as this summer — this Philly paper broadly hints that he won’t just retire to some private country club’s golf and tennis facility. And America will be far richer, on many dimensions, for his decision to “stay engaged“. Here’s the Philly paper’s bit — but this is not a new narrative theme, for us — we applaud him, here:

. . .Over the last several weeks, Merck & Co. CEO Kenneth Frazier has led efforts to organize hundreds of major corporations and business executives to publicly oppose restrictions on voting rights, as Republican lawmakers in many states consider or enact changes to voting rules following former President Donald Trump’s 2020 loss.

On Friday, while delivering keynote remarks at the Invent Penn State Venture & IP conference, Frazier expanded on that message, warning that “it’s a mistake for corporations to take democracy for granted,” since their long-term business interests depend on a stable society.

“I would use Jan. 6 and the Capitol insurrection as an example,” Frazier said. “I think we have to realize that if we do not take a stand for tolerance, reasonableness, and for the things that fundamentally underscore our democracy, we can lose the situation that we’ve had forever: peaceful transfer of power, rule of law, and all those things that business depends on. . . .”

Onward, to a better world as we’ve now seen powered helicopter flight on Mars, and await a justice serving verdict in Minneapolis — as early as tomorrow afternoon. Smiling. . . .


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