#12 Kenneth Frazier Merck & Co., Chairman, President and CEO
Heading one of the biggest companies (Merck) in what is still one of the state's biggest industries (pharma) is enough to get Frazier on the list every year. But his impact lately has been much greater: The decision to leave the enormous Whitehouse Station complex, seemingly to consolidate in Summit before ultimately moving to Kenilworth, will have a huge impact in all three towns. And the move to cut 8,500 jobs will resonate throughout the state.
Merck & Co.
Last Year's Rank: 20