Senior Vice President and General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline

James Ford joined GSK in 1995 and has held several roles in the company, including General Counsel Global Pharmaceuticals, Vice President of Corporate Legal, and Acting Head of Governance, Ethics, and Compliance, and has been based in the U.S., London, and Singapore. James assumed his current role in August 2018. 

GSK has a robust supplier diversity initiative that includes a mentoring program for suppliers. GSK is a member of the 30% Club, which aims to achieve 30% female representation in female management by 2020. The company is also a supporter of the United Nations' LGBTI global business standards. GSK was named an LCLD Top Performer in 2014, 2021, and 2022.

Read about GSK's 2016 LCLD Learning Experience here. 

Joined LCLD 2012  

Highlights of LCLD Participation


Fellows Program 

Hosted Learning Experience (2016)
Fellows nominated: 
2022: Osama Hamdy; 2021: Kim ClarkeNaomi Hills; 2018: Steven D. Thomas; 2017: Angela Lynnette Wilson; 2016: Abam Mambo-DohKimberly D. Maney; 2015: Marc Leonard MooreAshley E. Woodill; 2014: Jennean Marie Endres AtkinsBruce V. Hicks; 2013: Andrea V. LockenourJerome Maddox 

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2022: Hao Yin, Shan Liu, Tyler Cho; 2021: Dana BroughtonDerrick Rowe; 2020: Tamoka Bellard; 2019: Jane DjungRoshni Sitapara; 2018: Merilee Arevalo; 2017: Travis Miquel Sumter; 2016: Ian LarreaMonica Roberts Thomas

Success in Law School Mentoring Program
Mentors provided: 2021, 2020, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

Annual Meeting (2017)


Members: James Ford

Diversity Professional: Cristina Fernandez

Communications: Jennifer L. Armstrong