Young Alumni Achievement Award

Moushmi Patel Culver ’00

Moushmi Patel Culver ’00, the associate vice president of the corporate strategy office for Merck & Co., has achieved rapid, extraordinary advancement in her career with the pharmaceutical giant, attaining seven promotions in 14 years.

In her current position, she is responsible for development of enterprise level strategy, tracking execution, and creating explicit linkages with current and future business plans of Merck’s Divisions, Franchises and Functions. Working with Merck’s Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, CFO, and its Executive Committee, she ensures alignment on strategy development, ongoing assessment and implementation, while helping to identify and mitigate financial, scientific, capacity, customer and reputation risks.  She also works with the corporate planning team to help ensure alignment between enterprise strategy and business development, mergers and acquisitions and licensing activity.

Previously, Culver served as chief of staff in the Merck Manufacturing Division, in which she managed performance metrics, planning, business communications, project execution and strategic coordination, working directly with the President of the Merck Manufacturing Division. The Division has more than 62 manufacturing and distribution sites with approximately 20,000 employees in more than 25 countries. It supplies Merck products to customers in more than 140 countries.

Working in Global Procurement for most of her tenure at Merck, Culver led a global team based in Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. She has experienced many sides of the business, supporting multiple divisions including Merck Research Laboratories, Finance, Corporate Strategy, Global Human Health Sales and Marketing and Merck Manufacturing.

She joined Merck in 2000 as part of a two-year rotational program where she held engineering and business roles and was later appointed a staff engineer in the Sterile Process Technology and Engineering group.

Culver, who has a MBA from Lehigh University, volunteers her time to mentor and provide career coaching for young women, with a goal of developing young female leaders. In 2009, she won Merck’s Global Procurement Senior Vice-President Footprint Award, awarded to the one individual in the organization, out of more than 500 employees, who has demonstrated leadership and commitment and “has left an indelible mark for others to follow.

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