Tell us about yourself/your team.
Deborah and Olivier head up a cross-functional team of dedicated people drawn from many different disciplines (Commercial, R&D, Medical, Regulatory, CMC, Supply Chain, and Procurement) and geographies. Many of the team has elected to work on the project on a voluntary basis which has added significantly to their personal workloads. Our passion and dedication has enabled us to complete the development phase of the project in record time (12 months vs 24 months), whilst maintaining all regulatory and internal GSK standards. In doing this we have achieved many ‘firsts’ for GSK which can be utilized by future projects.
What makes you an intrapreneur? What are the skills, capabilities, and personality traits that make you an intrapreneur?
Deborah had worked in sales and marketing roles in a number of different industries (aggregates, distribution, and retail) before joining GSK's Consumer Division in 2003. She moved into her current role in Pharmaceuticals in 2011 and is responsible for creating new business solutions which improve the quality of medicines that are available to patients whilst delivering a sustainable return for GSK.
Olivier has been working for GSK for 21 years, starting in supply chain and manufacturing. In 2001 he moved to a global role in CMC (chemistry, manufacturing and control). Two years ago, Olivier's love of a challenge caused him to take the opportunity of a secondment in Emerging Market R&D to lead development of respiratory projects, on top of his main CMC responsibilities.