Merryck & Co. Adds Five Distinguished Leaders to Its Growing CEO Succession Practice

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Leading global mentoring firm adds five new mentors to its roster to help clients with succession planning, CEO integration, and leadership development.

NEW YORK, NY — Merryck & Co., the only global leadership development firm that provides business mentoring by former CEOs and Global Business Leaders, announced that it has added five new Mentors to its growing cadre of professionals. Former Amgen Chairman and CEO Kevin Sharer, former Northrup Grumman Chairman and CEO Ron Sugar, former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, former WNBA President Laurel Richie and former Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Andrew House have joined Merryck & Co. as Executive Mentors.

“As boards approve evolving strategies and business models to capitalize on or counteract disruption, most have seen their CEO succession-readiness risks increase,” said David Reimer, CEO of Merryck & Co., Americas. “We are deeply committed to helping companies get succession right. The addition of these accomplished boardroom and C-suite professionals strengthens our ability to support complex organizations in CEO succession and integration, and to do so based on real-world experience.”

Kevin Sharer, the former CEO of Amgen, has been involved in more than 20 successful CEO transitions in his roles as chairman, independent director or mentor. He previously served on the boards of Chevron, Northrop Grumman and 3M and currently sits on the board of the US Naval Academy foundation.

Ron Sugar is the former CEO of Northrup Grumman and is currently on the Board of Directors of Uber, Apple, Chevron, Amgen and Air Lease Corporation. He also advises Ares Capital and Bain & Company and remains active in the G100 and World 50 as a speaker and thought leader.

Deborah Lee James was the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force and a former senior executive of SAIC, serving in roles that included President of the Technical and Engineering Sector. James currently serves as a special advisor to Bain & Company and is a member of the board of directors for several for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, including Textron, Unisys, Noblis, TeraThink, MKACyber, and the Atlantic Council.

Laurel Richie is an accomplished business leader and board member who, as President of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 2011 to 2015, led the league’s business, operations, and marketing initiatives, and became the first African American to run a major US professional sports league. She is a frequent keynote speaker on Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, and Women in Sports. Most recently, Savoy Magazine named Richie to their “Power 300 List” of the most influential black corporate directors.

Andrew House is a transformational CEO who brings over 25 years of leadership experience with Sony Corporation in the areas of sales, marketing, engineering, product development and digital services. As the global CEO for Sony PlayStation, he led the design and launch of PlayStation 4, initiated streaming content and subscription services, ecommerce and VR capabilities. Ultimately, this led to the formation of Sony Interactive Entertainment.

“Kevin, Ron, Deborah, Laurel and Andrew are amazing executives with impressive careers,” Reimer said. “Collectively, they provide added depth to our strong roster of mentors, bringing a wealth of experience and insight that will help our clients generate significant outcomes. For succession planning and CEO integration, Merryck provides unparalleled real-world experience for our clients.”

About Merryck & Co.

Merryck & Co. is the only global leadership development firm that provides business mentoring by former CEOs and other top executives. By bringing an operator’s perspective to executive development, Merryck Mentors are committed to helping current business leaders and their teams lead more effectively and build more successful businesses. The firm’s clients include some of the most successful executives within the highest-performing companies in the world, boards of directors, and select teams of individuals. The firm has offices in San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C., London, Singapore and Sydney. For more information please visit:


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