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Claire Thomas

Claire Thomas is a senior advisor with Egon Zehnder. She brings contemporary corporate PLC experience with 29 years’ proven success as a senior leader in a complex, dynamic global environment, working with GlaxoSmithKline and previously Ford Motor Company. Claire was the Chief Human Resources Officer at GlaxoSmithKline from 2008 to 2019 working across diverse healthcare businesses including pharmaceuticals, vaccines and consumer in over 95 countries. Claire has led through enterprise-wide transformations involving global business development deals and multiple therapeutic, digital and functional capability builds. She has extensive expertise in Board and senior executive succession, executive assessment and development, cultural change and corporate governance which enabled her to be a trusted advisor to a multitude of Chairs, CEOs and Board members.

I’m excited by working with diverse and talented global business leaders and by enabling organisations to thrive by realising the full potential of their people.

In addition to her role in Egon Zehnder, Claire is a senior advisor to Hakluyt & Co, a business management consultancy, and is a mentor for J&A Mentoring Partners. Claire was a non-executive director for the UK Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change. She has also won the European Business Woman of Achievement Award.

Claire has a BSc in Economics from the University of Wales.

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Time to Transform the “Traditional” HR Operating Model?

Time to Transform the “Traditional” HR Operating Model?

With curiosity piquing as HR begins to reset, we lay out some possible alternatives leaders have when setting up or revisiting the HR operating… Read more

Setting a New Direction for HR

Setting a New Direction for HR

HR was never easy. But the sudden changes that the pandemic generated require great determination to rewrite the rules of the function and truly… Read more

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