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Kevin Sharer has a distinguished career as a successful CEO and Board Member. He is currently a senior lecturer at Harvard University Business School and continues to mentor a select number of senior executives. Either as a Chairman, independent director, or mentor, Sharer has been a part of more than 20 successful CEO-successor transitions.
He has served on the Board of Directors of Chevron Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation, and 3M Company, as well as being Chairman of the Board of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History. He is currently on the board of the US Naval Academy Foundation. Previously, Sharer led Amgen for 20 years, first as President and then as CEO for 12 years. Under Sharer’s leadership, the company achieved annual revenue of $16 billion with operations in 55 countries. During this time of tremendous growth, Amgen was recognized as among the world’s most innovative as well as largest biotechnology companies.
Before Amgen, Sharer was Executive Vice President of business markets at MCI. His career also includes being a General Manger of several GE business units, and he was on the Chairman’s staff. He also spent time as a consultant working at McKinsey.
Prior to his time in the corporate world, Sharer served in the United States Navy where he was on two fast-class nuclear submarines including a tour as Chief Engineer on the USS Memphis. He left the military with the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
He is a Naval Academy graduate and has a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering and business. He lives with his wife in Boston, Massachusetts.
“It’s about grasping reality, understanding the full risk dynamic, not being defensive, and having a good process to make decisions.”
In his interview with Merryck’s Adam Bryant, Sharer shares insights on the relentless leadership challenge of balancing the need to be transparent while also creating clarity and confidence during crises. Click here to read more.
"The fact that it was a long-term relationship was important because my situation evolved over time. We started working on some fundamentals that are more situation-agnostic, but then as we went through this evolution of opportunities that I needed to consider, [my mentor] was really good. Not only as a listener and helping me make objective decisions, but then to make actual changes in how I needed to show up in those different roles as an operator or a business leader, too."
“To have the help and support of a mentor who has ‘been there and done that’ is critical and in that respect, [my mentor] was the perfect mentoring partner for me”