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The Associated Press December 1, 2010, 7:21AM ET

Merck's CEO to get $1.5 million yearly, incentives

Merck & Co. will pay its new CEO, Kenneth C. Frazier, $1.5 million annually plus incentives, according to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

The company named Frazier on Tuesday as Richard T. Clark's successor as chief executive effective Jan. 1. The regulatory filing was made later in the day.

Frazier, 55, joined the company in 1992 and was a long-time general counsel until being named president of the company's global human health unit in 2007. He was promoted to president in April, putting him in line for the CEO position.

Clark, 64, has been CEO since 2005 and was expected to retire, per company policy, when he turns 65 in March. Merck is based in Whitehouse Station, N.J.

Frazier will join the board of directors as part of the promotion and Clark will remain chairman of the board.

Along with his annual salary, Frazier will receive an annual cash incentive award of 150 percent of his annual base salary and receives a long term incentive grant of $7.5 million. That grant will include restricted stock units, stock options and performance share units.

He will continue to participate in the company's employee benefit plans and programs.

Clark, meanwhile, will receive an annual base salary of $1.5 million with a target annual cash incentive of 125 percent of the base salary. He will receive a long-term incentive grant of restricted stock units worth $6 million and continue to participate in the company's benefit plans.

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