Press Release

Fortune 500 CEO to address Herndon Directors Institute Inaugural Session.

For Immediate Release: February 1, 2021

(ATLANTA, GA, February 1, 2021) – The Herndon Directors Institute proudly announces Ken Frazier, Chairman & CEO of one of America’s leading corporations as keynote presenter for the Herndon Fellows Inaugural Session on February 10, 2021.

As Chairman & CEO of Merck & Company, he is one of only four African American CEO’s who leads a Fortune 500 corporation.  He is a renowned industry executive highly regarded for his leadership on strategy and growth initiatives made possible through inclusion.  Frazier is a graduate of Penn State University and Harvard Law School having served on the boards of several corporations, including Exxon Mobil.  He is formerly General Counsel of Merck and is recognized across the industry for his leadership vision.  He enjoys an extensive track record spanning more than two decades in executive leadership.

His presentation to Herndon Fellows will focus on the importance of “servant leadership” as a compass to guide newly appointed directors on the boards of corporate governance.

“We are honored and humbled by Ken’s leadership as a role model for our Fellows at the Institute.  His contribution sets the benchmark for minority and women directors in corporate leadership and we are delighted to have him present the keynote address for our inaugural class”.

– Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Dean, The Herndon Directors Institute