Merger will cause job losses at GSK

LONDON: The merger of pharmaceutical giants GlaxoWellcome and SmithKline Beecham (SB) is expected to result in a raft of job-losses within London's newly combined PR unit.

LONDON: The merger of pharmaceutical giants GlaxoWellcome and SmithKline Beecham (SB) is expected to result in a raft of job-losses within London's newly combined PR unit.

LONDON: The merger of pharmaceutical giants GlaxoWellcome and SmithKline Beecham (SB) is expected to result in a raft of job-losses within London's newly combined PR unit.

The two groups merged last month to create the UK's third-largest company, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

Glaxo Wellcome's corporate communications department was headed by Geoff Potter, who has taken over as corporate communications director for the merged department.

Under the former SB structure, communications was headed by corporate affairs chief James Hill. He remains in an as-yet undetermined role.

'There will inevitably be fewer jobs in this new department, as always happens with a merger,' said Martin Sutton, GSK media head.

But Sutton remained tight-lipped as to the extent of the job losses.

'We are still appointing, so we do not have figures of current staff levels and we do not think it is appropriate to talk about the situation that was in place before the merger in terms of job numbers,' he said.

The merged team will be based at the former SB base at Brentford, just outside London, which is undergoing construction work as part of the merger.

GSK retains the 20 UK PR agencies used by the two companies before the merger.



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