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Merck Appoints Cristal N. Downing To Newly Created Role Of Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

As per reports, Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) has appointed Cristal N. Downing as the chief communications & public affairs officer, a newly created role, effective August 16, 2021. Downing will lead the advancement, development, and execution of the company’s communications and public affairs strategy and will also be a member of Merck’s Executive Team.

Most recently, Downing was VP, Communications & Public Affairs, Medical Devices, at Johnson & Johnson, prior to which Downing held the role of vice president, Global Finance Communications at Johnson & Johnson. She has more than 20 years of leadership capabilities and expertise working in complex and diverse organizations, including JP Morgan Chase, American Express, and Wells Fargo.

Rob Davis, CEO, and president, Merck, stated “Cristal is a transformational leader with a well-established track record of achievement. Cristal’s experience, business acumen, leadership capabilities and integrity will be invaluable as we drive productive conversations and strategic impact with a broad range of stakeholders, double down on our promising pipeline and work to accelerate delivery of our vital innovations to the world.”


Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) is a global healthcare solutions provider that has been working towards bringing forward medicine and vaccines for some of the world’s most challenging diseases for more than a century. They are committed to increasing health care access and continue to be at the leading edge of research. Merck has the industry’s largest immuno-oncology clinical research program. To learn more about Merck (MRK) and to track its ongoing progress please visit the Vista Partners Merck Coverage Page.


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(Read Original Story: Merck Announces Appointment of Cristal N. Downing as Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer in Business Wire)


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