As GlaxoSmithKline charts a new course to return to growth, investors are willing to give CEO Andrew Witty some time to see it through.
As pharma companies jump left and right at dealmaking opportunities, GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty is scratching his head.
Whenever a prominent analyst like Tim Anderson at Bernstein pens a review of a struggling Big Pharma company that asks the question if all hope is lost, you know it will be a painful read for any remaining true believers. GlaxoSmithKline and its embattled CEO Andrew Witty came in for that treatment a few days ago. And even if Anderson's answer was a qualified no, you can hear the clock ticking as the market waits for some kind of sign that there's a coherent plan taking shape to move forward decisively.
GlaxoSmithKline planted its flag in Singapore to build on a close relationship with the government of the wealthy city-state where CEO Andrew Witty worked and lived earlier in his career with the U.K. drugmaker.
2014 was a tough year for GlaxoSmithKline. Its revenues and profits were off significantly. Its operating profit was off nearly 50% in pounds--and, as it turns out, so was CEO Andrew Witty's pay. In fact he took a 46% whack to his compensation.
Last week, GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty told reporters something investors have long been hoping to hear: The company's respiratory newcomers are picking up steam.
GlaxoSmithKline is feeling the e-cigarette burn, as sales from the products encroach on its smoking-cessation market share. But the British drugmaker is not planning to join the competition with its own e-cigarette products anytime soon, CEO Andrew Witty told Reuters.
When GlaxoSmithKline's multibillion-dollar asset swap with Novartis closes this year, don't expect the British pharma giant to stop there, its CEO says--especially when it comes to consumer health.
China corruption settlement, check. Now GlaxoSmithKline CEO Andrew Witty needs to come to terms with investors. With quarterly sales off and new drugs lagging, shareholders are demanding change at the top--and this time, some are willing to go on the record.
GlaxoSmithKline says it's rolling out sales and marketing reforms around the world. Apparently, the changes come none too soon. The British drugmaker opened another bribery investigation, this time in Iraq, to check out allegations that it paid government-employed physicians to promote its products.