GSK announces independent Consumer Healthcare company is to be called Haleon
- Haleon will be a new world-leader in consumer health with an exceptional portfolio of category-leading brands, including Sensodyne, Voltaren, Panadol and Centrum
- Business is on track to demerge and list as a new company in mid-2022
Mississauga, ON - GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) today announced that the new company, to result from the proposed demerger of Consumer Healthcare from GSK in mid-2022, will be called Haleon.
Haleon (pronounced "Hay-Lee-On") is inspired by the merging of the words 'Hale', which is an old English word that means 'in good health' and Leon, which is associated with the word 'strength'. The new brand identity was developed with input from employees, healthcare practitioners and consumers and will be deployed in more than 100 markets around the world where the business operates.
The creation of Haleon results from a series of successful investments and strategic changes to GSK’s consumer health business over the last 8 years, including integrations of the consumer product portfolios from Novartis and Pfizer. It is now a highly valuable and focused global business generating annual sales of approximately £10 billion[i].
As a standalone company, Haleon will be a new world-leader in consumer healthcare, offering a compelling proposition – to bring deep human understanding together with trusted science – to deliver better everyday health with humanity.
Brian McNamara, Chief Executive Officer Designate, Haleon, said: “Introducing Haleon to the world marks another step in our journey to become a new, standalone company. Our name is grounded in our purpose to deliver better everyday health with humanity and to be a world-leader in consumer healthcare. We are on track to launch Haleon in mid-2022 and our business momentum is strong. We look forward to updating investors and analysts more on this at our capital markets event at the end of February.”
Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GSK, said: “Haleon brings to life years of hard work by many outstanding people to build this new company purely dedicated to everyday health. Haleon has enormous potential to improve health and wellbeing across the world with strong prospects for growth, and through listing will unlock significant value for GSK shareholders.”
Victor Rincon, General Manager, GSK Consumer Healthcare Canada said: “Today is an exciting day for us here in Canada and across the globe. The introduction of Haleon reaffirms our focus on and commitment to delivering better everyday health with humanity. With more than 1000 employees across the country and as one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers - for the third consecutive year - I could not be more proud of everything we have done as a company. I look forward to what lies ahead for us as we embark on our journey as Haleon, positioning ourselves as a leader in consumer health in Canada by positively impacting the life of our Canadian community.”
Haleon will have a world-class portfolio of category-leading global brands, including Sensodyne, Voltaren, Panadol and Centrum. Its brands are trusted by healthcare professionals, customers and people worldwide to improve the health and wellbeing of individuals and their communities. Demand from the £150 billion consumer healthcare sector is strong, reflecting an increased focus on health and wellness, significant demand from an ageing population and emerging middle-class, and unmet consumer needs. The business is therefore well-positioned to deliver human health impact and to sustainably grow ahead of the market in the years to come.
The new name was announced as part of a global celebration for all of the people working in GSK Consumer Healthcare earlier today. Employees from around the world had the opportunity to engage with the new name and brand identity which seeks to bring to life the company’s purpose and growth ambitions.
The name was also announced in advance of GSK hosting a Consumer Healthcare Capital Markets Day for investors and analysts on Monday 28 February, to provide details on the overall strategy, capabilities and operations of Haleon, including detailed financial information and growth ambitions of the business. For prospective investors, Haleon will offer attractive organic sales growth, operating margin expansion and consistent high cash generation.
Notes to editors
- As set out at GSK’s Investor Update in June 2021, subject to approval from shareholders, the separation of Consumer Healthcare will be by way of a demerger in mid-2022 of at least 80% of GSK’s holding to shareholders.
- Haleon will be headquartered in Weybridge, UK, and is expected to attain a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, with ADRs to be listed in the US.
- The new Weybridge campus is expected to open at the end of 2024 and, alongside being the new company’s corporate headquarters, will be a centre of R&D and innovation, and home to a new state-of-the-art Shopper Science Lab.
- In July 2021, the Board of GSK confirmed Brian McNamara as CEO Designate and in December 2021, announced the appointment of Sir Dave Lewis as Chair Designate of the new company to result from the proposed demerger of Consumer Healthcare from GSK.
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[i] Sales in FY2021 £9.6 billion, including Brands divested/under review; £9.5bn continuing sales