Cathryn E. Gunther

Vice President, Global Population Health, Merck & Co.

@CathrynGunther @Merck
Cathryn E. Gunther
Cathryn E. Gunther

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Cathryn started her career with Merck in sales, health sciences and management in support of the commercial business. She was recruited into the AstraMerck joint venture to design and launch the marketing and sales organization. She co-led the steering committee and project teams that reengineered traditional methods of marketing prescription drugs resulting in rapid revenue growth from $600 Million to over $5 Billion in 6 years.

She then founded Graham Group Consulting, providing executive consulting services to a diverse set of health care clients, including Fortune 50 payers, life sciences, consumer products companies, provider systems and policy organizations in theU.S. and globally. She served as Senior Vice President of Market Development for a start‐up mobile health care technologyfirm developing a monitor and platform designed to improve patient adherence to chronic care management plans and reduce avoidable ER visits.

Gunther rejoined Merck after working as an executive health care strategist, innovator and collaborateur. She developed a new U.S. commercial strategy for Merck’s pharmaceutical business, shaped the corporate strategy and led the execution of a transformational business-to-business strategic engagement model. Gunther is recognized for respectfully challenging status quo, championing an externally–informed perspective and advancing the organization’s competencies to increase sustainable shared value and business performance.

Most recently, Gunther was appointed to launch Merck’s Global Population Health platform to establish the corporate framework for innovative population health approaches. Areas of focus include developing and executing a comprehensive workforce wellbeing strategy. Under her leadership, Merck has won 9 national and international awards in workplace wellbeing. Gunther’s team is also focused on antimicrobial stewardship, infectious diseases, women’s health and health literacy.

She serves on the Board of the National Business Group on Health (NBGH) and its Wellbeing & Workforce Strategy Institute, the Board of Directors at Grand View Health Foundation and is a member of the Global Chief Medical Officer’s Network. She was appointed to the Health Evolution Summit Leadership Committee and is a member of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Global Reporting Initiative Corporate Taskforce and Advisory Council for ‘A Culture of Health for Business’.

Gunther is married, a mother of 3 and a practicing equestrian.