Amgen Announces Appointment of Robert A. Eckert to Board of Directors

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif.—Amgen announced the appointment of Robert A. Eckert, former chief executive officer at Mattel, Inc., to its board of directors. Eckert will serve on the Audit and Corporate Responsibility and Compliance Committees of the board. Following the appointment of  Eckert and the previously announced retirement of Kevin W. Sharer on December 31, the Board on January 1  will be comprised of 14 directors, 13 of whom are independent.

"We are pleased to welcome Bob Eckert to the Amgen board. Bob has significant experience and a superb track record of leading global companies during a long and successful career," said Robert A. Bradway, chief executive officer at Amgen. "His contributions to the board will guide us as we expand our reach to more patients in more markets and continue creating value for our stockholders."

Robert A. Eckert

Eckert, 58, currently serves as non-executive chairman at Mattel, where he served as chief executive officer from 2000 through 2011. Prior to this role, he  was president and chief executive officer of Kraft Foods from 1997 to 2000. Before that, Eckert served as group vice president and president of Kraft's Oscar Mayer foods division.  Eckert currently serves on the boards of directors of McDonald's Corporation and Levi Strauss & Co.  He is on the dean's advisory board of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and serves on the Eller College of Management National Board of Advisors at the University of Arizona.  Eckert holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Northwestern University.

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