Director, Government Affairs, Emerging Markets & Asia Pacific

As Director of Government Affairs, Emerging Markets & Asia Pacific, Shira Kilcoyne is responsible for designing and leading integrated public and government affairs programs to support GlaxoSmithKline operations in 118 countries outside the US and Europe.  Her primary role is to develop partnerships that help achieve GSK’s commitment to improve access to medicines, work with Governments to find innovative solutions to provide the best treatments possible for patients, encourage fair, transparent and pro-innovation regimes, and improve and/or accelerate market access opportunities for GSK products.

Shira joined GlaxoSmithKline in 2004 as Manager, Government Affairs, International.  Prior to joining GlaxoSmithKline, Shira served as Manager Asia Pacific Affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research Manufacturers of America, PhRMA.  In her role at PhRMA, she worked with senior executives from the research based pharmaceutical industry to create and defend policy that recognizes and awards innovative medicines. 

Prior to joining PhRMA, Shira was the lead event coordinator for Investor Broadcast Network.  In this capacity, she worked with investor relations departments of Fortune 500 companies to ensure they were meeting their Securities Exchange Commission obligations.

Shira earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business and Spanish at the University of Maryland in 1998 and earned her Masters of Business Administration at the University of Maryland in 2005.  She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters and son.