JP Garnier is Chief Executive Officer of GlaxoSmithKline. He assumed this role in January 2001 with the merger of SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo Wellcome. He joined SmithKline Beecham in 1990 as President of its pharmaceutical business in North America and served as Chairman, Pharmaceuticals from 1994 until his appointment as Chief Operating Officer in 1995. He was elected to the company's Board of Directors in 1992. He became Chief Executive Officer of SmithKline Beecham in April 2000.