GSK makes Emma Walmsley most powerful woman in FTSE 100

GlaxoSmithKline appointee joins small band of five other female CEOs at helm of UK’s top public companies

GlaxoSmithKline has appointed Emma Walmsley as chief executive, making her the most powerful woman in the rankings of major UK public companies.

Britain’s biggest drugs company said Walmsley would take over from Sir Larry Whitty when he retires in March. Walmsley joined GSK in 2010 and runs its consumer healthcare division.

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