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Merck (MRK) has begun to prepare for the departure of chief executive officer Ken Frazier and is focusing its search for an eventual successor on a pool of internal candidates, Bloomberg News writes. Last September, Merck disclosed that Frazier would remain beyond 2019, rolling back a policy that would have required him to retire when he turns 65 in December. But now, Merck is laying the groundwork for his exit, as well as that of its seasoned research and development leader Roger Perlmutter, who is 66.

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