Posted Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Brian McNamara, who was promoted to CEO of GSK Consumer Healthcare last week, will appear at a special forum of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce next week, Friday, Oct. 14, in Florham Park, to discuss a recent joint venture and the important leadership decisions for the new GSK enterprise.

MCCCHe will be joined by Howard M. Guttman, who is the principal of Guttman Development Strategies.

The following is from the Morris County Chamber of Commerce: 

On average, 60-70% of mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures fail. It’s a scary statistic, especially if you’re Brian McNamara, and you’re CEO at the new GSK Consumer Healthcare, a joint venture that was formed in March 2015.

Brian McNamara

Brian McNamara

One of the new company’s first actions at the start was to team up with Howard M. Guttman, Principal, Guttman Development Strategies, to begin creating, from the top down, a unified, horizontally managed high-performing entity that would help the company defy the odds and succeed.

This path is rarely taken in joint ventures or mergers and acquisitions of any size. And it’s one that is chock full of lessons for leaders like McNamara and his Europe Americas Leadership Team, who were intent on upping their performance so that they could tackle their biggest challenge: creating sustainable long-term value for customers, consumers, and shareholders.

Howard Guttman

Howard Guttman

Join us for a ringside seat in this highly interactive discussion between Guttman and McNamara, who will offer their perspective on the significant, complex change effort at the new GSK Consumer Healthcare and answer these and other key questions:

  • How do you build a unified sense of purpose and a common “playbook,” so everyone, no matter what their differences in geography, culture, and previous ways of working, becomes part of one team?
    What’s the role of the senior leader and his or her team in moving toward a new way of operating?
  • What does a horizontal, high-performance organization look like – and what steps do the leader and team at multiple levels need to take to get there?
  • What were the challenges, watch-outs, and issues that had to be resolved for the joint venture to succeed?
  • What’s the “secret sauce” that helped GSK Consumer Healthcare beat the odds?
  • What are the implications for your own organization?

This program has been pre-approved for 1.5 SHRM recertification credits, and is HRCI approved as a business (strategic) credit.

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 14, at the Wyndham Hamilton Park, 175 Park Avenue, Florham Park, N.J. 07932
Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. and the program runs from  8:30-10:00 a.m.

There are four ways to register: Via the Web:Web; by email; by Fax: 973-377-0859; or mail to 325 Columbia Turnpike, Suite 101, Florham Park, NJ 07932