2021 CME STEM Leadership Awards™
New York, Metropolitan Club

2021 CME STEM Leadership Awards

2021. 12. 07 11 am - 2:30 pm ET



Metropolitan Club
1 E 60th Street
New York

Event times (ET)

11 am - 12 pm
Registration and reception

12 - 1 pm

1 pm - 2:30 pm
Award presentation

Event fees

Send registration information request to contact@cme-stem.org


Daniel D’Aniello

The Carlyle Group

Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus
2021 STEM Leadership Awardee for Lifetime Achievement

Ken Frazier

Merck & Co.

Executive Chairman
2021 STEM Leadership Awardee for Corporate Reinvention

Keynote Speaker and Award Receiver

James Green


Sr Advisor, Former Chief Scientist
2018 STEM Leadership Awardee for Propelling Science

Fiona Marshall

Merck & Co.

Sr. VP Research Science
Receives Award for Ken Frazier

Event Co-Chairs

Peter Coors

Molson Coors

Board Chair

Mathai Mammen

Johnson & Johnson

Global Head of Janssen R&D

Merit Awardee and Keynote Introducer

Michael Wimmer

Next Era Innovations

Founder and Creative Mind

Tara Ruttley

Blue Origin

Chief Scientist, Orbital Reef

Awards Founder and CME Co-Chairs

George Rodriguez

ACS Fellow

CME STEM Programming
Argeni Director

Ksenia Takhistova

CME Co-Chair & General Counsel

Technology and IP Attorney

Steve Barnett

CME Board Member

Atty. Environmental Health & Safety


On December 7, 2021, the Ninth Leadership Awards Luncheon and Gala Reception of Chemical Marketing and Economics (CME) honored The Carlyle Group Co-Founder & Chairman Emeritus Daniel D’Aniello, and Merck Chairman and CEO Kenneth Frazier. Merck Senior Vice President for Science Research Fiona Marshall accepted the award on behalf of Ken Frazier. The event was held at the New York Metropolitan Club from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm.

The Keynote speaker was NASA Chief Scientist James Green and the event Co-chairs were Molson Coors Chair Peter Coors and J&J Global Head of R&D Mathai Mammen. Speakers included 13-year-old serial entrepreneur Mike Wimmer, recipient of the CME Award of Merit; Tara Ruttley, NASA Liaison with CME; Ksena Takhistova and Steve Barnett, CME Co-Chairs; and George Rodriguez, Awards Founder and Host.

The link to the Yale Alumni Article on the event is below.

Since 1954, CME has helped the industries of chemistry create sustainable solutions to humanity’s greatest challenges with exciting events, such as the CME STEM NASA Symposium, inspiring the over 150,000 members of the American Chemical Society, including 20,000 students. CME also provides free student industry luncheons on innovation and environmental social governance, scholarships, STEM awards for students and mentors, K-12 science festivals, and mentoring for young women and minorities in the STEM field.

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Celebrating today’s leaders and enabling those of tomorrow. This has been the hallmark of the Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME), a forward-looking non-profit dedicated to accelerating diverse science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent and leadership for sustainable innovation in energy, materials and life sciences.

CME brings together Nobel Laureates and the leaders of industry, government, academia, philanthropy, and the public to share cutting-edge insights in exciting events and award-winning programs—such as the CME STEM Leadership Awards™ and CME NASA Symposium co-organized with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Earth’s finest space agency, and Technical Divisions of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

The CME STEM Leadership Awards™ honors leaders with distinction in harnessing the transformative power of chemistry to advance humanity. Past honorees include Nobel Laureates Frances Arnold and Eric Betzig, Craig Venter (Human Genome Project), Roy Vagelos (Merck, Regeneron), James and Marilyn Simons (Simons Foundation), Henry Kravis (KKR), Martin Brudermüller (BASF), Bob Patel (LyondellBasell), Ed Breen (DowDuPont), David Skorton (Smithsonian), James Green (NASA), David Cote (Honeywell), and Robert Langer (MIT).


Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME) honored Mr. Ken Frazier, executive chairman at Merck & Co., with the STEM Leadership Award for Corporate Reinvention on December 7, 2021.

For over 130 years, Merck (known as MSD outside the U.S. and Canada) has been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world’s most challenging diseases in pursuit of our mission to save and improve lives. Today, Merck remains at the forefront of research to prevent and treat diseases that threaten people and animals – including cancer, infectious diseases, such as HIV and Ebola, and emerging animal diseases. Over the last two decades, Mr. Ken Frazier has focused the legendary organizational resources to be the premier research-intensive biopharmaceutical company in the world.

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Kenneth C. Frazier is the Executive Chairman of Merck’s board of directors, a role he began in July 2021, following his retirement from a decade-long tenure as Merck’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

Under Ken’s leadership, Merck delivered innovative life-saving medicines and vaccines as well as long-term and sustainable value to its multiple stakeholders. Ken substantially increased Merck’s investment in research, including early research, while refocusing the organization on the launch and growth of key products that provide far-reaching benefits to society. He also led the formation of philanthropic and humanitarian initiatives that build on Merck’s 130-year legacy.

Ken joined the company in 1992 and held positions of increasing responsibility, including General Counsel, before becoming President and CEO in 2011. Prior to joining Merck, Ken was a Partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. Ken’s contributions, especially in the legal, business, and humanitarian fields, have been widely recognized. He sits on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medicine, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Catalyst, and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chair of OneTen, a coalition of leading organizations committed to upskilling, hiring, and promoting one million Black Americans into family-sustaining jobs. OneTen is committed to facilitating a meaningful, measurable, and lasting impact on racial and economic justice. Ken is also Chairman, Health Assurance Initiatives, at the venture capital firm, General Catalyst, where he advises on investments and partnerships and provides mentorship to founders building companies that are well positioned to transform the healthcare industry through collaborative and responsible innovation. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, The Business Council, the Council of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Association, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Additionally, Ken is Co-Chair of the Legal Services Corporation’s Leaders Council.

As a strong advocate for social justice and economic inclusion, Ken is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Anti-Defamation League Courage Against Hate Award, the Botwinick Prize in Business Ethics from Columbia Business School, the Legend in Leadership Award from the Yale School of Management, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund National Equal Justice Award, and the National Minority Quality Forum’s Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2018, Ken received the Harvard Law School Association Award, the highest honor given by the prestigious association, in recognition of his extraordinary service to the legal profession, Harvard Law School, and the public. In that same year, Ken was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine and was also named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People and again made that list in 2021. In 2019, he became the first recipient of the Forbes Lifetime Achievement Award for Healthcare. In 2021, Columbia Business School honored him with the Deming Cup for Operational Excellence, and his peers named Ken Chief Executive magazine’s CEO of the Year.

Ken received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


Chemical Marketing & Economics, Inc. (CME) honored Mr. Daniel D’Aniello, co-founder and chairman emeritus at the Carlyle Group, with the STEM Leadership Award for Lifetime Achievement on December 7, 2021.

In the private investment universe where dynamic vision, trustworthiness and performance are paramount, Mr. D’Aniello is the proud Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus of The Carlyle Group. Founded in 1987, Carlyle has grown into one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms with over 276 billion in assets under management, serving investors in 94 countries with nearly 1800 professionals. Prior to forming Carlyle, Mr. D’Aniello served at Marriott, PepsiCo Inc. and TWA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in transportation economics from the Martin Whitman School of Management and an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1974. He served in the United States Navy from 1969 through 1971 during which he was a supply officer aboard the USS Wasp (CVS 18). Mr. D’Aniello is Chairman of the American Enterprise Institute, Co-Chairman of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, Chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, and a Lifetime Board Trustee of Syracuse University.

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Mr. D’Aniello is a Co-Founder and Non-Executive Chairman Emeritus of the Board. He has served on our Board of Directors since July 18, 2011, serving as Chairman of the Board from 2012 until January 1, 2018.

Prior to forming Carlyle in 1987, Mr. D’Aniello was the Vice President for Finance and Development at Marriott Corporation for eight years. Before joining Marriott, Mr. D’Aniello was a financial officer at PepsiCo, Inc. and Trans World Airlines. Mr. D’Aniello served in the United States Navy from 1968 through 1971 during which time he was a Distinguished Naval Graduate of Officer Candidate School, Newport R.I.; a Supply Officer (LTJG) aboard the USS Wasp (CVS 18); and in 2016, Mr. D’Aniello was awarded the designation of Lone Sailor by the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation. Mr. D’Aniello is Chairman of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Research; Co-Chairman of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families; Chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation of the Performing Arts; an Advisor to the John Templeton Foundation; a founding Trustee of the Lumen Institute; and a Lifetime Member of the Board of Trustees of Syracuse University, a member of the Chancellor’s Council and a member of the Corporate Advisory Council to the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Mr. D’Aniello previously served as chairman and/or director of several private and public companies in which Carlyle had significant investment interests.

Mr. D’Aniello is a 1968 magna cum laude graduate of Syracuse University, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, and a 1974 graduate of the Harvard Business School, where he was a Teagle Foundation Fellow.

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