Merck's chief of marketing is replaced

Posted: July 13, 2006

Bradley T. Sheares, the U.S. marketing chief of Merck & Co. Inc., has been replaced in a shake-up of the drugmaker's marketing division, the company said yesterday.

Sheares, based in Upper Gwynedd, Montgomery County, was succeeded by Adam Schechter, current general manager of Merck's joint venture with Schering-Plough Corp., said spokesman Raymond Kerins.

The shuffle at Merck U.S. Human Health came two months after chief executive Richard Clark installed a new global marketing chief, Peter Loescher, as part of a restructuring prompted largely by the Vioxx recall and litigation.

Sheares, a biochemist recently hailed as a corporate "rising star" by Fortune magazine, is leaving after 19 years "to pursue other opportunities," Kerins said.

Contact staff writer Thomas Ginsberg at 215-854-4177 or tginsberg@phillynews.com.

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