On the 24th of May 2016, a month rich of events organized by Strategy Club (just to mention the biggest ones, Nestle and Unilever), we were glad to host Maurizio Borgatta and Nuno Couto of Glaxosmithkline (“GSK”) for a presentation regarding group’s global strategy as well as challenges that the pharmaceutical industry faces nowadays. 
In specific, a key theme discussed was diversification- a strategy followed by the group until the recent past- with its implications on GSK share price along the years. Another key point mentioned was the asset swap between GSK and Novartis, which resulted in both groups further strengthening their already strong portfolios. Opposed to the diversification strategy, this move can be viewed as “divesting” and focusing on the core business. 
The presentation was followed by a networking cocktail were students had the chance to have casual but insightful chats with Maurizio and Nuno.
Both of them are IE MBA graduates and have joined the Esprit program of GSK. They were really eager to transmit what the working environment in the company looks like as well as share relevant info for the MBA as well as the master programs offered by GSK.
We would like to thank Maurizio and Nuno for the time and effort they devoted to this event and the students that honored as with their presence and brilliant questions!