GSK's Vaccines Chief Slaoui To Follow Witty Out The Door
One person definitely not lining up to take over from Sir Andrew Witty when he retires from GlaxoSmithKline PLC in March 2017 is its vaccines chief and former head of R&D Dr. Moncef Slaoui. He is to retire from the company in June 2017.
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