Kevin W. Sharer, chief executive officer and president of Amgen Inc., the world’s largest biotechnology company, has been named a trustee of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
From October 1992 to May 2000, Sharer served as the president and chief operating officer of Amgen. Sharer has been CEO and president since May 2000, and has also been chairman of the company’s board of directors since January 2001.
A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Sharer served in the Navy until 1978, when he left with the rank of lieutenant commander. He then became an executive at AT&T. He has also worked with McKinsey & Company, GE, and MCI Telecommunications. Sharer is currently on the board of directors of Chevron Corporation and of Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is chairman of the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History and also serves on the board of directors of the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation.
At the U.S. Naval Academy, Sharer majored in aeronautical engineering, receiving a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. He also holds an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of Caltech. Trustees are elected to five-year terms and may serve consecutive terms. The Board is led by Chairman Kent Kresa and Vice Chairman David Lee, and is currently composed of 42 trustees, 14 senior trustees, and 22 life trustees.