LONDON Aug 7 GlaxoSmithKline, Britain's
biggest drugs company, is close to appointing Philip Hampton as
its next chairman, in a move that will coincide with his
departure from Royal Bank of Scotland, Sky News said on
Sky said GSK could announce Hampton's appointment next
month. It said he is likely to join GSK as a non-executive
director or deputy chairman and move into the chairman's seat in
He would replace Christopher Gent, who has been at GSK for
almost a decade and said earlier this year he planned to
announce a successor this year with a view to standing down in
Hampton has been RBS's chairman since February 2009 when he
was parachuted in to help rescue the bank.
GSK and RBS declined to comment.
(Reporting by Steve Slater and Paul Sandle; Editing by Greg