Adam H. Schechter is an executive vice president of Merck and the president of Merck's Global Human Health division, which includes the company's worldwide pharmaceutical and vaccine businesses.
Schechter is a highly successful pharmaceutical executive with broad global business and general management experience, including P&L responsibility. He has extensive experience leading large organizations, with current responsibility for more than $41 billion in revenue and over 35,000 employees worldwide spanning Marketing, Sales, Managed Markets, Business Development and Product Development. He has demonstrated expertise with large and small scale mergers and integrations, the most recent of which involved the $49 billion merger of Merck and Schering-Plough – and he has substantial experience with investors, media, policy makers and government officials.
In addition to his more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, Schechter has and continues to be engaged with healthcare and leadership organizations. He serves on the board of directors for the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations, whose mission is to promote pharmaceutical research and development, and the best conditions in Europe, for companies to bring to patients new medicines that improve human health and the quality of life around the world. He is also an executive board member for the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, an organization focused on improving the health of Hispanic communities in the U.S., and working with others to secure health for all. And, he is a member of Global 50, which brings together the world's top global general management executives to gain insights on the challenges and opportunities unique to those leading significant enterprises in a global economy.
Commitment to Water.org
I work in the healthcare industry because I am inspired by what people can accomplish when they work together to make a difference in the health and well being of those around the world. Water.org is making a difference on some of the world's most significant issues: clean water and sanitation are fundamental to every aspect of human development, including health. Clean water is life-changing and life-saving, and I am excited to work with such a motivated, talented and proven team to help keep Water.org's momentum going strong.
LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA ‐ BA, Biology, 1986