President, Global Manufacturing and Supply at GlaxoSmithKline

For 10 years, David Pulman was President of Global Manufacturing and Supply (GMS) for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The dimensions of his responsibilities included manufacturing operations in 79 factories situated in 40 countries, manufacturing strategy, procurement, external supply and supply chain logistics, and new product launch and industrialisation. GMS had a world-wide workforce of 25,000 and a cost base of c. £4.5bn ($7bn).

Key achievements included improving Quality, Environmental, Health & Safety performance (the fundamentals), productivity improvements of c 55%, the establishment of a Lean Sigma culture and a move into more advanced manufacturing technologies. The foundation of operating performance was the absolute belief in technical excellence, development of both individual, team and organisational capability and ethical decision making based on a strong value set.

Other career highlights included the integration of manufacturing operations between Glaxo and Wellcome, when GW was established, and coordinating the establishment of International Commercial Operations at the formation of GSK, being a member of the merger team.

David is a Non-Executive Director at FM Global. He was the former Chairman to the Children’s Health Fund Corporate Council and now serves on the Leadership Team of this New York based not-for-profit organisation.

David has a B.Sc. and Ph.D. in Microbiology from Newcastle University.