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GSK names Emma Walmsley as CEO – here are the only six female FTSE 100 CEOs

20th Sep 16 10:14 am

In 2011, women made up 12.5% of board members

GlaxoSmithKline has named Emma Walmsley as its new chief executive, making her one of six female FTSE bosses to lead a company.

Walmsley, who joined the drug giant in 2010, will replace Sir Andrew Witty when he retires in March.

Before GSK, she was at L’Oreal for 17 years in various senior roles.

Sir Philip Hampton, GSK’s chairman, said: “Emma is an outstanding leader with highly valuable experience of building and running major global businesses and a strong track record of delivering growth and driving performance in healthcare.”

Here are the other female FTSE CEOs:

1. Alison Brittain, CEO, Whitbread

Alison Brittain

When: 2016

Salary: Brittain receives a base salary of £775,000. With pension contributions and bonus, she earns up to £2.8m.

Previous roles: Brittain has held senior roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Santander UK and Barclays. She is a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer.


2. Veronique Laury, CEO, Kingfisher

 Véronique Laury, Chief Executive Officer, Kingfisher

When: 2014

Salary: Laury receives base salary of £700,000 per annum and an annual bonus of a maximum of 200% of base salary, with 50% paid in cash and 50% deferred in Kingfisher shares for three years.

Previous roles: She has been head of Kingfisher’s French business, Castorama and has worked at the company for 11 years. She also served as commercial director for B&Q and for the wider group.


3. Moya Greene, CEO, Royal Mail

Moya Greene

When: 2010

Salary: Her basic salary this financial year will be £547,800. In June, Greene was given a 13% taking her annual package to £1.52m.  

Previous roles:  Greene has held senior roles at Canada Post, Bombardier and TD Bank.


4. Alison Cooper, CEO, Imperial Tobacco

Alison Cooper, CEO, Imperial Tobacco

When: 2010

Salary: £1,905,000, annual package

Previous roles:  Cooper worked  at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining Imperial Tobacco in 1999. By 2003 she had been appointed director of finance of the company.


5. Carolyn McCall, CEO, easyJet

Carolyn McCall, CEO, easyJet

When: 2010

Salary: McCall was paid a salary of £665,000 and an annual bonus of £1.15m for 2013-2014, with a share award worth £5.9m

Previous roles: Prior to joining easyJet, Carolyn was Chief Executive of Guardian Media Group plc. She was also was non-executive director of Lloyds TSB (from 2008–2009) and was a non-executive director of Tesco Plc (2005-2008), and of New Look plc (1999-2005).

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