LabCorp® (NYSE: LH), a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care, today announced that David P. King, its chairman, president and CEO, will become executive chairman of the board of directors on Nov. 1, retiring Oct. 31 as president and CEO. Adam H. Schechter, current lead independent director of LabCorp’s board and former Merck executive vice president and president of global human health, will become president and CEO on Nov. 1. The board expects to choose one of its members to be lead independent director at a later date.
“I am immensely proud of what we have achieved during my nearly two decades at LabCorp, including almost 13 years as CEO,” King said. “I have been privileged to lead an outstanding executive team and nearly 61,000 mission-driven colleagues around the world, whose dedication to improving health and improving lives has made LabCorp a global leader in healthcare. To build on that momentum, the board of directors and I have been engaged for the last several years in a planning process designed to secure the best possible successor to take LabCorp to the next level of achievement. Adam’s experience in global healthcare, demonstrated leadership capabilities and strategic contributions as a board member position him perfectly to succeed me as CEO. He knows our industry, our company, and our strategy, and is uniquely suited to continue to build on the power of our combined organization.”
Schechter has served as a LabCorp director since April 1, 2013, becoming the company’s lead independent director in January of this year. He had a long and distinguished career at Merck, where, among other accomplishments, he focused on ensuring that Merck’s medicines and vaccines were available to people around the world; led a large global organization across the spectrum of commercial operations; transformed Merck’s commercial model; and led the integration of Merck and Schering-Plough. Schechter was a member of Merck’s executive committee and held a number of professional, managerial, and executive roles with the company. Prior to his most recent role as president of global human health, Merck’s global pharmaceuticals and vaccines business, Schechter served as president of the global pharmaceutical business from 2007 to 2010. Before that, he led Merck’s U.S. pharmaceutical business. He began his career with Merck in 1988 as a sales representative.
“I am honored to succeed Dave, who is a visionary and highly respected leader,” Schechter said. “I am deeply committed to continuing the company’s noble mission and I look forward to strengthening our leadership position in global life sciences as we execute our strategy. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Dave for his remarkable legacy that includes leading LabCorp’s transformation from a pure-play U.S. testing laboratory into a leading global life sciences company. Dave positioned the company as a market leader in both laboratory testing and global drug development, led the company to strong growth over the past decade while navigating significant changes in government healthcare reimbursement policy, and spearheaded the forward-thinking acquisition and integration of Covance. Dave and his leadership team built an outstanding foundation for LabCorp’s continued success and we are deeply grateful.”
Under King’s leadership, LabCorp has tripled in size through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions. The company does business in more than 100 countries, with nearly 61,000 employees and revenue of more than $11 billion in 2018. During King’s tenure, LabCorp entered the Fortune 500, was named to Fortune’s List of World’s Most Admired Companies and Forbes’ ranking of The World’s Most Innovative Companies, and earned the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Prior to becoming CEO on Jan. 1, 2007, King served as LabCorp’s executive vice president and chief operating officer and as executive vice president of strategic planning and corporate development. King joined LabCorp as senior vice president, general counsel, and chief compliance officer in 2001 after serving for several years as the company’s principal outside legal counsel.