Mike Holston, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at Merck, has been named the future general counsel of the company, effective July 01, 2015. Mike will replace Merck's current general counsel, Bruce N. Kuhlik, upon his retirement.

Chairman, CEO and fellow Drinker Biddle alumnus, Ken Frazier, "look[s] forward to continuing to benefit from [Mike's] insightful advice, deep experience and active engagement on strategic and operational issues in the key role of Merck's general counsel".

Mike joined Drinker Biddle in 1987 and remained with the firm through 2005. As a partner in our Commercial Litigation practice group, Mike had a national litigation practice. He has been with Merck since 2012 and previously served as general counsel for Hewlett-Packard, was a prosecutor in the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia and also a partner in the law firm of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius.

Read more about the company's announcement here.

The Drinker Biddle Alumni Network wishes Mike the best of luck, congratulations and warm wishes as he transitions into his new role.