INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEADER AWARD
Ford Calhoun was appointed CIO of GlaxoSmithKline in July 2001 and is also a member of the Corporate Executive Team. Calhoun is responsible for approximately 1200 employees and has led successful projects on implementing global email systems, global data centers, standardization, global IP communications, global collaboration applications and Business-to-Business applications. Under Calhoun’s leadership GSK is making a major push to implement Six Sigma to increase IT accountability.
Previously, Calhoun has served as Senior Vice President, Information Technology. He joined SmithKline Beecham in 1984 to head US-based information technology and information management within R&D. His responsibilities expanded to include key processes in drug development, bioinformatics, competitor analysis and process management within global R&D. Calhoun transferred to SB’s Healthcare Services division in 1998 to lead its information technology organization and to drive the development of information products.
Calhoun has held faculty appointments at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He received his PhD from the University of Georgia in microbiology (genetics). He subsequently completed postdoctoral fellowships in biomathematics at North Carolina State University and in Computers in Medicine at Mount Sinai.