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GlaxoSmithKline & Persimmon shareholders take note: it is all about where you are going

By Chris Bailey | Monday 15 July 2019

Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from ShareProphets). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

I asked back in January whether GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) wanted a 'yes man' new chair in order to push through the CEO's plan to split the business (and pursue some expensive-sounding deals on the consumer side). The share has pushed up a pound or so since then, so the lack of clarity on this question has not been a huge issue overhanging the stock but we have a little bit more insight on this issue - with reports that the company is close to hiring Jonathan Symonds, a real pharma sector insider with experience at AstraZeneca (AZN) and Novartis among others…

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