Andrew Witty

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Andrew Witty is the CEO and Director of pharmaceutical company Glaxo Smith Kline and was paid £2.03 million in 2010. [1] He is also a board member of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). Both Glaxo Smith Kline and PhRMA are represented on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). "He is an advisor to 8VC and Hatteras Venture Partners, as well as to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and a Non-Executive Director of G1 Therapeutics." [1]

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Glaxo Smith Kline and PhRMA are represented on the Corporate ("Private Enterprise") Board of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as of 2011. [2]

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Before becoming CEO in 2008, Witty was the President of Pharmaceuticals Europe.[3]

Pharmaceuticals Europe

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is an international pharmaceutical giant headquartered in Britain. Various entities, including Burroughs Wellcome & Company, Smith-Kline & French Laboratories and Glaxo Laboratories merged to form GSK. [4] GSK is one of the top five drug firms in the world.


In the fiscal year ending in December of 2010, the company earned a total revenues of approximately $28.4 billion dollars and employed 99,913 workers. [5] Its CEO, Andrew Witty, made an annual compensation of $2.3 GB in 2010.

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  1. Andrew Witty profile, accessed July 7, 2011.
  2. Private Enterprise Board, ALEC website, accessed July 7, 2011.
  3. Corporate Executive Team,""
  4. Our History, GlaxoSmithKline, accessed February 2009
  5. GlaxoSmithKline Financials,"Bloomberg BusinessWeek"

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