The move was a while coming, with the firm having looked at opening an office in the region for some time. Stuttgart is the capital of one of Germany’s industrial regions, and is the home of a number of automotive giants including Daimler and Porsche as well as many ‘Mittelstand’ companies.
The two office closures follow the election of a new management board earlier this year and a decision to focus more strongly on key industries, particularly real estate, public law and finance. And while GSK has grown more slowly than most in recent years, especially on headcount, it is still planning to recruit and promote internally to continued a “sustained” growth plan.
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