Phil Thomson | Influence 100
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Phil Thomson

SVP, Communications & Government Affairs
GlaxoSmithKline

Thomson has spent 19 years with GSK, serving in numerous in marketing and public relations roles before being entrusted with global communications responsibility in 2010. In 2014, he added government affairs to his remit, which already included responsibility for media relations, investor relations, corporate responsibility, internal communications and product communications.

Thomson’s expanded duties come at a time of considerable change in the pharmaceutical industry, and he has publicly pledged to help the company embrace a more “open culture.” He is often viewed as one of GSK CEO Andrew Witty’s key lieutenants, entrusted with helping deliver his leader’s vision of a more transparent, responsible company.