GlaxoSmithKline names former Walmart CIO to top tech post

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GlaxoSmithKline names former Walmart CIO to top tech post

By Michael Johnsen - 07/26/2017
LONDON — GlaxoSmithKline on Tuesday announced that Karenann Terrell has been appointed chief digital & technology officer with a company-wide remit to transform how new technologies are used to improve performance across GlaxoSmithKline. Terrell will join GSK Sept. 4 and will be a member of the corporate executive team.

Terrell's previous role was chief information officer for Walmart, where she led a multi-year effort to transform Walmart in the use of data, analytics and digital engagement with its customers.

“The impact of technology on the healthcare industry is accelerating and requires us to rethink our approach," stated Emma Walmsley, GSK CEO. "As a member of the executive team, Karenann will have the scope to think radically about how we can exploit the latest opportunities and ultimately improve our business performance.”

In this new role for GSK, Terrell will be responsible for developing GSK’s digital, data and analytics strategy. She will work with a wide range of partners from inside and outside the healthcare sector to bring new technologies to GSK, enhancing areas such as clinical trials and drug development; improving how we interact with HCPs, customers and consumers and making internal processes more efficient.

Terrell has lived and worked in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Prior to Walmart she was at Baxter International, where she was chief information officer and before that Daimler Chrysler. Terrell began her career in 1986 in General Motors and held various roles in manufacturing, engineering and brand management, end her career there as director of e-vehicles. She possesses graduate and post-graduate degrees in engineering.