Washington, D.C. 20549


Pursuant to Section 13 OR 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): January 30, 2019 (January 29, 2019)
Merck & Co., Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

New Jersey
(State or other jurisdiction of
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
2000 Galloping Hill Road, Kenilworth, NJ
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (908) 740-4000

Not Applicable
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report.)

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Item 5.02.
Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(d) Incorporated by reference is a press release issued by Merck & Co., Inc. (“Merck” or the “Company”) on January 29, 2019, attached as Exhibit 99.1, announcing the election of Mary Ellen Coe, to the Company’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), effective March 18, 2019. The Board of Directors appointed Ms. Coe as a member of the Audit Committee of the Board.

For her service on the Board of Directors, Ms. Coe will receive compensation as a non-employee director in accordance with the Company’s non-employee director compensation practices described under the “Director Compensation” section of the Company’s definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 9, 2018.

There are no arrangements or understandings between Ms. Coe and any person pursuant to which she was elected to the Board, nor does she have a relationship or related transaction with the Company that would require disclosure pursuant to Item 404(a) of Regulation S-K of the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with her appointment as a director of the Company.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits
99.1    Press Release issued January 29, 2019.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

Merck & Co., Inc.
January 30, 2019
/s/ Faye C. Brown
Name: Faye C. Brown
Title: Senior Assistant Secretary