GSK’s James exits for StanChart job

Standard Chartered, the FTSE-100 London-based emerging markets bank, has hired GlaxoSmithKline V-P of international external relations Kate James to spearhead its lobbying work.

James has joined StanChart in the newly created role of group head of government relations and corporate social responsibility.

James, who reports to group head of corporate affairs Tracy Clarke, joins StanChart in the wake of former CSR head Chris Sykes’s internal move to a non-comms role.

She has taken on both Sykes’s former responsibilities and those of former head of government relations Alex Blake-Milton, who left the bank last month.

At GSK, James’s departure has triggered a recruitment process that a spokesman for the drugs giant said was ‘ongoing’.

James was appointed to the London-based international V-P job, which involves government relations work for GSK outside Europe and the US, just six months ago (PRWeek, 4 September 2003). She was formerly external affairs director for the pharmaceuticals division.

James, who was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press, takes charge of CSR programmes such as StanChart’s ‘Seeing is Believing’ initiative in South Asia.

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