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Ethics and Corporate Culture - Focus of Upcoming Lecture

November 3, 2003

WALTHAM, Mass.- Raymond V. Gilmartin, President and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc. will deliver a lecture entitled "Ethics and the Corporate Culture" at Bentley College on Monday, November 10, 2003 at 3:30 p.m. His speech is the second Raytheon Lecture in Business Ethics presented by the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley College, through the generous support of Raytheon. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Mr. Gilmartin will discuss the importance of business leaders, ensuring that ethics is deeply embedded in the culture of their organizations, and that the actions of every employee reflect a true commitment to ethical behavior. He will also discuss how, in today's global economy, corporations must maintain their fundamental commitment to ethical behavior everywhere they do business.

Mr. Gilmartin joined Merck as President and chief executive officer in June 1994 - the first President and CEO hired from outside the company. He was named chairman of the board in November 1994. He joined Merck after serving as chairman, President and CEO of Becton Dickinson. He is a member of President Bush's Export Council, and serves on the boards of General Mills, Inc., the Microsoft Corporation, and on Harvard Business School's Board of Directors of the Associates. Mr. Gilmartin earned a degree in electrical engineering from Union College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Merck is one of the world's largest research-driven pharmaceutical companies. The company employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and is headquartered in New Jersey. This year, BusinessWeek ranked Merck number 20 out of 50 top-performing companies. Merck is widely recognized for its efforts to improve global health and access to medicines.

Founded in 1976, the Center for Business Ethics is dedicated to promoting ethical business conduct in contemporary society. With a vast network of practitioners and scholars, and an expansive multimedia library, the center provides an international forum for benchmarking and research in business ethics. The Center for Business Ethics helps corporations and other organizations strengthen their ethical cultures through educational programming and consulting, and is also a strategic partner of the Ethics Officer Association, which has more than 800 members.

Directions to Bentley are available by calling 781-891-2100 or on the web at

WHO: Raymond V. Gilmartin, President and CEO, Merck & Co., Inc
WHAT: Bentley College Center for Business Ethics Raytheon Lecture in Business Ethics: "Ethics and the Corporate Culture"
WHEN: Monday, November 10 2003, 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wilder Pavilion, Adamian Academic Center, Bentley College, Waltham, MA


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