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Issued: London UK – LSE Announcement

GlaxoSmithKline plc today announces the following changes to its Board and Committee structure.

In January 2012, GSK announced that Sir Robert Wilson would not stand for re-election to the Board at the Company’s AGM in 2013. Given the recent refreshment of the Board and that two long-standing Board members will be standing down from the Board by  May 2013, Sir Robert has agreed to stand for re-election to the Board for one further year from May 2013, before stepping down from the Board at the Company’s AGM in May 2014.  Sir Robert will provide continuity as new Board members settle in to their roles given his significant knowledge of the Company’s business affairs.  The Board has confirmed that Sir Robert Wilson continues to demonstrate the characteristics of independence in carrying out his role.

Mr Larry Culp has decided to stand down from the Board with effect from 30 September 2012 following nine years service.  It was previously announced that he would stand down at the Company’s AGM in May 2013.

In addition, the following changes have been made to the Board’s Committee membership:

  • Mr Tom de Swaan and Professor Sir Roy Anderson have been appointed members of the Nomination Committee with effect from 1 October 2012.
  • Ms Lynn Elsenhans has been appointed a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee with effect from 1 October 2012.
  • Ms Judy Lewent and Dr Stephanie Burns have been appointed members of the Remuneration Committee with effect from 1 January 2013 and 1 May 2013 respectively.
  • Ms Jing Ulrich has been appointed a member of the Audit & Risk Committee with effect from 1 May 2013. Professor Sir Roy Anderson will step down from the Audit & Risk Committee with effect from 1 May 2013.

Commenting on the changes, Sir Christopher Gent, Chairman of GSK, said:

“I am pleased that Sir Robert has agreed to remain on the Board for a further year to contribute his advice and guidance as we continue the process of Board renewal.

I would also like to thank Larry for the very strong contribution he has made.  He has served on the Board with distinction during the nine years he has been a Director. I would like to wish him well for his future endeavours.”

Victoria Whyte
Company Secretary
26 September 2012

GSK Board of Directors with effect from 1st October 2012

Sir Christopher Gent, Non-Executive Chairman
Sir Andrew Witty, Chief Executive Officer
Simon Dingemans, Chief Financial Officer
Moncef Slaoui, Executive Director, Chairman, R&D
Professor Sir Roy Anderson, Independent Non-Executive Director
Dr Stephanie Burns, Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms Stacey Cartwright, Independent Non-Executive Director
Sir Crispin Davis, Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms Lynn Elsenhans, Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms Judy Lewent, Independent Non-Executive Director
Sir Deryck Maughan, Independent Non-Executive Director**
Dr Daniel Podolsky, Independent Non-Executive Director
Mr Tom de Swaan, Independent Non-Executive Director
Ms Jing Ulrich, Independent Non-Executive Director
Sir Robert Wilson, Senior Independent Non-Executive Director*

* Senior Independent Director until 1 May 2013
** Senior Independent Director with effect from 1 May 2013.

GlaxoSmithKline Enquiries:


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Cautionary statement regarding forward-looking statements
Under the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, GSK cautions investors that any forward-looking statements or projections made by GSK, including those made in this announcement, are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that may affect GSK’ s operations are described under ‘Risk factors’ in the ‘Financial review & risk’ section in the company’s Annual Report 2011 included as exhibit 15.2 to the company’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for 2011.

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