Special Friend of the University

Richard BowlesRichard S. Bowles III, PhD
Executive Vice President and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer
Merck & Co., Inc., Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

Richard S. Bowles III, PhD is executive vice president and chief ethics & compliance officer for Merck & Co., Inc., returning to the company after its merger with Schering-Plough Corporation in November 2009.

Bowles joined Schering-Plough in January 2001 as vice president, pharmaceutical manufacturing, and in March of the same year was appointed senior vice president, worldwide quality.  He held the position of senior vice president, global quality operations, from March 2001 to November 2009.

From 1974 through 2000, Bowles was employed by Merck & Co., Inc., where he held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility in research, quality and manufacturing.  From 1992 to 1997, Bowles was vice president for quality in Merck’s manufacturing division.  Just prior to joining Schering-Plough, he was vice president for Merck’s Latin American and Puerto Rican manufacturing operations.

Bowles earned both his BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from Columbia University and a PhD in chemical engineering from Princeton University.  He has made numerous presentations in the areas of quality management and manufacturing technology.