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The roles of our Chair and Chief Executive Officer

Sir Jonathan Symonds is the Chair of our Board and Emma Walmsley is our Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

The role of the Chair is to lead and manage the business of the Board to provide direction and focus, while ensuring that there is a clear structure for the effective operation of the Board and its Committees. He sets the agenda for Board discussions to promote effective and constructive debate and to support a sound decision-making process, ensuring that the Board receives accurate, timely and clear information, in particular about the company’s performance.

The Chair and the Board Committee Chairs communicate regularly with the CEO and other GLT members. The division of responsibilities between the role of Chair and the CEO has been set out in writing, agreed by the Board.

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