GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) today announces that Dr Anne Beal will join the Board of the Company as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 6 May 2021.
On joining the Board, Dr Beal will become a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee (the ‘Committee’) which provides important oversight of the Company’s Trust agenda including policies towards access to medicines, global health, inclusion and diversity and environmental sustainability. Dr Beal will succeed Lynn Elsenhans as Chair of the Committee after the 2022 Annual General Meeting. Ms Elsenhans has agreed to remain on the Board for a further year to facilitate an orderly transition to Dr Beal’s leadership of the Committee.
Dr Beal will bring to GSK extensive healthcare experience as a physician and entrepreneur combined with a passion for patient advocacy. She is a recognised health policy expert in the development of global and national programmes for improving healthcare access for all patient groups and in ensuring the voice of patients is reflected in research programmes.
Commenting on the changes, Sir Jonathan Symonds, Chairman of GSK said: “I am delighted to welcome Anne to GSK. Acting responsibly is an integral part of how successful modern businesses deliver for a wide range of stakeholders including investors. That’s why the work of the Corporate Responsibility Committee is critical to the success of GSK. Anne’s expertise and experience will be a valuable addition to GSK and to the leadership of the Committee. I would like to thank Lynn for her service to the Company over the last nine years and to agreeing to stay on to ensure a smooth transition to Anne.”
Dr Beal is founder and CEO of AbsoluteJOI Skincare and a member of the Board of AcademyHealth. Prior to her current roles, Dr Beal spent six years at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she was an instructor in paediatrics and has also held leadership roles at the Commonwealth Fund and the Aetna Foundation. In addition, Dr Beal was previously Deputy Executive Director and Chief Engagement Officer for The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute in the U.S. and Chief Patient Officer and Global Head of Patient Solutions at Sanofi.
She holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.D. from Cornell University Medical College, and an M.P.H. from Columbia University.