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GlaxoSmithKline names consumer head Walmsley new CEO

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GlaxoSmithKline said on Tuesday it had chosen Emma Walmsley, head of consumer healthcare, as its new chief executive, after considering internal and external candidates.

Walmsley, who joined Britain's biggest drugmaker in 2010 from L'Oreal, will replace Andrew Witty who had previously announced his decision to retire on March 31, 2017.