[Ip-health] New Year Honours: Reid and Witty (GSK) business knights

Riaz K Tayob riaz.tayob at gmail.com
Sat Dec 31 08:14:01 PST 2011

1 December 2011 Last updated at 00:02 GMT

  New Year Honours: Reid and Witty business knights

Andrew Witty Andrew Witty has advocated GSK's work on malaria
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The chief executive of drugs giant Glaxo Smith Kline, Andrew Witty, and 
the former chairman of Tesco, David Reid, have both been knighted.

The New Year Honours include a CBE for Gerald Ronson, jailed over the 
Guinness share trade scandal, and a knighthood for Apple designer 
Jonathan Ive.

Sir Andrew became GSK chief executive in 2008 and recently announced a 
possible malaria vaccine from the firm.

Sir David stepped down as chairman of Tesco in November.

He had been in the role since 2004 after joining the firm as finance 
director in 1985. His departure formed part of a significant change in 
management at the UK's largest retailer.

In March, long-standing chief executive Sir Terry Leahy stepped aside to 
be replaced by Philip Clarke, while Sir David has now been replaced by 
former investment banker Sir Richard Broadbent.

The Lord Mayor, Michael Bear, was also knighted in the list for his 
service to regeneration, charity and the City of London.

Charity services

In total, industry and the economy make up 12% of this year's New Years 
Honours list recipients.

Mr Ronson's CBE is for charitable services.

In 1990, he was fined £5m and jailed for false accounting, theft and 
conspiracy to contravene the 1958 Prevention of Fraud Act for a scheme 
designed to inflate the Guinness share price during a takeover battle.

However, his Heron group property empire, which he founded aged 17, 
survived and has built up a portfolio across Europe, including the 
46-storey office building Heron Tower in London.

He has donated all his shares in the group to a charitable foundation 
benefiting Great Ormond Street Hospital and the National History Museum, 
amongst others.

Nissan executive Trevor Mann and Helena Morrissey, chief executive of 
Newton Investment Management were also appointed CBEs.

Gerald Ronson at the top of the Heron Tower Gerald Ronson has revived 
the Heron Group

Ms Morrissey formed the 30 Percent Club which campaigns for companies to 
employ more female directors.

OBEs also went to Hawley Parsons, founder and chief executive of 
Gocompare.com, and Vanni Treves.

Mr Treves, former chairman of Equitable Life, won his award for services 
to education as the chair of the National College for School leadership.

Former member of the Bank of England monetary policy committee, Dr 
Andrew Sentence, is made a CBE for services to the economy.

Glaxo turnaround

Sir Andrew joined GSK in 1985, becoming chief executive in 2008.

The year 2011 has been difficult for the firm, which has had to pay 
£1.6bn to settle litigation over diabetes drug Avandia, banned in Europe 
because of a suspected link to heart disease.

Hayley Parsons Hayley Parsons founded Gocompare.com

In the US, it has agreed to pay $3bn (£1.9bn) to settle all US 
investigations into the way the company marketed its products.

But the firm has returned to profit and also saw a pick up in sales in 
the third quarter of the year.

It also says it has tried to improve access to its medications in 
developing countries.

In June, several major drugs companies, including GSK, announced big 
cuts to the amounts they charge for their vaccines in the developing world.

Sir Andrew has also been a keen promoter of GSK's work in developing a 
possible malaria vaccine.

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