Fortune puts GSK's Walmsley at top of list

Fortune puts GSK's Walmsley at top of list
Emma Walmsley has been GlaxoSmithKline's chief executive officer for 17 months

28 September 2018 - Deborah Wilkes

GlaxoSmithKline's chief executive officer Emma Walmsley has captured the top spot in Fortune magazine's list of the Most Powerful Women in business outside the US.

Walmsley replaced Ana Botin, executive chair of Banco Santander, who had topped the list for four years in a row.

Noting that Walmsley had held the top job at GlaxoSmithKline for 17 months, Fortune said she had been "quick in bringing change to the 300 year-old company".

Fortune pointed out that GlaxoSmithKline had recently acquired Novartis' 36.5% stake in the consumer healthcare joint venture between the two companies for USD13.0 billion in cash (click here to read the News story).

The business magazine also noted that GlaxoSmithKline had recently announced a USD300 million deal with 23andMe, the privately-held consumer genetics and research company (click here to read the News story).

In addition, Fortune highlighted that Walmsley had "hired a high profile roster of talent from across the industry and beyond – poaching executives from AstraZeneca, Novartis, Pfizer, Walmart and HSBC among others – and putting them to work on her number one agenda item: reinvigorating drug development at the company".

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