Christopher Gent

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Christopher Gent 22 January 2013

Sir Christopher Gent (10 May 1948) is the former CEO of Vodaphone and the current chairman of GlaxoSmithKline.


In 1985 Gent joined Vodaphone managing director of UK network, in 1988 he became a board member and in 1997 he became CEO. Whilst CEO he increased Vodaphone's market value from £7.5billion to £77billion. He stepped down from his role Vodaphone in July 2003.[1]

In 2004 he joined pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, becoming chairman in 2005. He announced in 2012 he would step down within the next two to three years.[2]

In 2005, he featured as part of George Osborne's tax reform commission, looking at the introduction of a flat tax scheme. [3]

Gent was a director of Hakluyt's international advisory board The Holdingham Group Advisory Board from 1 February 2004 until 31 January 2006.


  1. Tim Weber Christopher Gent profile The BBC, 18 December, 2002, accessed 25 September 2014
  2. Telegraph Staff Sir Christopher Gent to exit GlaxoSmithKline The Telegraph, 28 Oct 2012, accessed 25 September 2014
  3. James Blitz Osborne outlines plans for tax reform commission The Financial Times, 12 October 2005, accessed 25 September 2014