NACD Elects Raymond V. Gilmartin to Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) has elected Raymond V. Gilmartin, former chairman, president, and CEO of Merck & Co., to serve on the board. He brings a wealth of directorship experience on public and nonprofit boards, as well as a background in the health industry.

Gilmartin currently serves as lead director on the board of General Mills (NYSE:GIS), and he was previously a director of Public Service Enterprise Group and Microsoft, and past chairman of the United Negro College Fund. Additionally, Gilmartin served on the board of dean's advisors for the Harvard Business School.

He has been active in the healthcare industry, co-chairing the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS and also acting as the past chair of the Healthcare Leadership Council and a board member of the Alliance for Healthcare Reform. He is the past chair of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and past president of the International Federation of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Associations.

In addition, Gilmartin was a member of the President's Export Council and past chair of the Council on Competitiveness.

"NACD is pleased to welcome Raymond to the board," said Ken Daly, president and CEO of NACD. "His vast business experience across industries and his extraordinary insights and wisdom will be great additions to our board."

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The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) is the only membership organization focused exclusively on advancing exemplary board leadership. Based on more than 35 years of experience, NACD identifies, interprets, and provides insights and information that corporate board members rely upon to make sound strategic decisions, confidently confront complex business challenges, and enhance shareowner value. With more than 13,000 corporate director members, NACD provides world-class director education, director training, and proprietary research about leading boardroom and corporate governance practices to promote director professionalism and bolster investor confidence. Furthermore, to create more effective and efficient corporate boards, NACD provides independent board evaluations and custom-tailored in-boardroom education and training programs, as well as director-led conferences, forums, and peer-exchange learning opportunities to share ideas about current and emerging issues. Fostering collaboration among directors and governance stakeholders, NACD is shaping the future of board leadership. To learn more about NACD, visit To join, contact Kelly Dodd at or 202-380-1891.

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