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Edward Fritzky

The Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking is pleased to announce that the Leadership Fellows Program is permanently endowed by Edward Fritzky and his family. The program supports the development of strategic thinking and leadership among its top selected MBA students. This endowment not only provides consistent funding for this initiative into the future, it also now ties the Fritzky name to the fellowship program.

About Ed Fritzky
Ed Fritzky was elected chairman, CEO and president of the Immunex Corporation, a biotechnology research company, in 1994. Under his leadership, Immunex grew to become the third largest biotechnology company in the world. Fritzky led Immunex’s effort to merge with Amgen, completing the largest merger in the history of the industry in 2002. Fritzky was recognized by Forbes magazine in 2002 as a “Best Boss in America” and during his tenure, Immunex was recognized by Fortune magazine as one of America’s “Best Places to Work.”

Before joining Immunex, Fritzky served as both president and vice president of Lederle Laboratories. Prior to Lederle, Fritzky held several executive positions at Searle Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

He serves on the board of directors for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., the SonoSite Corporation and the Geron Corporation. He is a trustee of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center and is chairman emeritus of the Technology Alliance.

Fritzky holds a BA from Duquesne University and is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program, Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Fritzky has received various awards of high distinction: Distinguished Alumnus of Duquesne University (1998); Business Leader of the Year by the University of Washington (1999); the national Beta Gamma Sigma Business Achievement Award (2000); named the Puget Sound Business Leader of the Year (2000); and the Stanley McNaughton Champion of Freedom Award for advancing free market principles in health care from the Washington Policy Center (2003).

Fritzky and his wife Karen have a son, Ryan, daughter, Lisa and grandson, Blake. The Fritzky family philanthropic efforts have emphasized leadership, healthcare and reading literacy.