Simon Dingemans, Chief Financial Officer, to retire from GSK

GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announced that Simon Dingemans, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), GSK, has informed the Board of his intention to retire from the Company and to step down from the Board in May 2019.

The Board will now conduct a thorough global search both internally and externally to identify a successor.

Mr Dingemans joined GSK in 2011 and as a member of the Board and Corporate Executive Team (CET) has been closely involved in developing and delivering the strategy of the Company and driving its operational performance. As CFO, Mr Dingemans has led Finance and a number of other Group functions, including Technology and IT, Real Estate and Procurement.

Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GSK, said:“Since joining GSK, Simon has played a very significant role in shaping the Company. He has taken a consistent and sustained approach to support investment and improve operational efficiencies in all 3 of our global businesses. I am particularly grateful for his support and partnership since I took on the role of CEO and his counsel to me as we defined our new strategy. I want to take this opportunity to thank him for all he’s done for GSK.”

Simon Dingemans, Chief Financial Officer, GSK, said: “It has been a privilege to be part of GSK and to have had the opportunity as CFO to lead many key initiatives to drive the Company forward and make it fitter for the future. With the new strategy set, we have established strong foundations to deliver improved business and financial performance and I believe now is the right time for me to take this decision.”

Philip Hampton, Chairman, GSK, said: “On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Simon for the contribution he has made at GSK over the last seven years. He has been a valued member of the Board and has provided strong support and counsel to two CEOs, including Emma during her first year in role.”

Notes:

Remuneration

Mr Dingemans is a voluntary leaver and therefore will not receive any severance payment when he leaves the Company.

He will continue to receive his base salary until he leaves GSK. He will also be eligible to receive a bonus for 2018 based on a combination of business and individual performance. Consistent with the Company’s remuneration policy and relevant long-term incentive (LTI) plan rules approved by shareholders, as a voluntary leaver he will not receive any bonus for the portion of 2019 for which he is employed by GSK and any Performance Share Plan and Deferred Annual Bonus Plan matching awards which have not already vested prior to his departure will lapse when he leaves. In addition, he will not be eligible to receive any further LTI awards between now and when he leaves GSK. 

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