Dame Emma Walmsley

Emma Walmsley
Dame Emma Walmsley | Chief Executive Officer

Emma joined the Board as CEO Designate on 1 January 2017 and became CEO on 1 April 2017. She has been a member of the GSK Leadership Team since 2011, as the President and then CEO of GSK Consumer Healthcare.

Before being appointed as GSK’s CEO, Emma was the CEO of GSK Consumer Healthcare, a joint venture between GSK and Novartis, from its creation in March 2015. Emma joined GSK in 2010 from L’Oreal, having worked there for 17 years in a variety of roles in Paris, London, New York and Shanghai. Emma was previously a Non-Executive Director of Diageo plc. Emma’s position as an Independent Director of Microsoft, Inc., further supplements the technology and cyber security experience she brings to the Board.

Emma holds an MA in Classics and Modern Languages from Oxford University.

External appointments:

  • Independent Director, Microsoft, Inc.


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Getting Ahead Together film series


Ep 9: Getting Ahead of AMR Together

16 May 2024

Episode 8: Getting Ahead Together with Prevention

21 May 2024

Ep 7: Getting Ahead Together with Thriving People

14 March 2024


Episode 6: Getting ahead of the health impacts of climate change

05 December 2023

Ep 5: Getting Ahead Together… by preventing disease

10 November 2023

Ep 4: Getting Ahead Together through health equity

30 June 2023

Ep 3: Getting Ahead of HIV Together

01 June 2023

Ep 2: Getting Ahead Together with... Vaccines

20 March 2023

Ep 1: Getting Ahead Together with... a career in STEM

30 January 2023