Major UK pharmaceutical company to locate regional HQ in Istanbul

Posted on 17 January 2012

16 January 2012, Istanbul – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) a leading UK pharmaceutical company is moving its Middle Eastern and African operations to Istanbul. This new Istanbul regional headquarters will be responsible for the operations in 30 countries within GSK markets. Commenting on the move, Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets Director of GSK, Abbas Huseyin, said “Turkey’s emerging power status combined with Istanbul’s rise as an important air travel hub are behind the company’s decision to move its regional management centre to Istanbul” adding “Turkish Airlines flies directly to our target markets from Istanbul, making the 30 countries in GSK’s Middle East and Africa group countries easily accessible”. GSK joins a growing list of global companies locating their Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa regional headquarters in Istanbul including Microsoft, Pepsi Cola, Unilever and Coca Cola. Source: Invest in Turkey.

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