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This excerpt taken from the GSK 20-F filed Feb 29, 2008.


With effect from 1st June 2006, Dr Slaoui became a member of the US Executive Cash Balance Pension Plan, under which GSK makes annual contributions calculated as a percentage of the executive’s base salary. GSK makes annual contributions of 38% of Dr Slaoui’s annual salary. The fund increases at an interest rate set annually in advance based on the 30 year US treasury bond rate to provide a cash sum at retirement. This cash sum is used to purchase a pension at retirement based on the annuity rates applicable at that time. The plan has no entitlement to a spouse’s pension or to pension increases, other than by reducing the executive’s own initial pension.

The transfer value, or cash sum, of Dr Slaoui’s plan has increased by $268,771 over the year as a result of further accumulation of interest and contributions paid by the company.

Dr Slaoui was an active participant in the Belgium Fortis Plan until 31st May 2006. This plan is a defined benefit plan with a lump sum payable at normal retirement age for the plan which is 60 years of age. The transfer value, or cash sum, of Dr Slaoui’s plan has increased by €33,465 over the year as a result of the further accumulation of interest.

Mr Heslop participates in the Glaxo Wellcome Defined Benefit Plan with an accrual rate of 1/30th of final pensionable salary per annum. In 2000 all benefits accrued under the Glaxo Wellcome UK pension arrangements were augmented by the Trustees of the plans by 5% to reflect a distribution of surplus. This augmentation will apply to that element of Mr Heslop’s pension earnings before 31st March 2000.

Mr Heslop’s transfer value has been calculated on the basis of actuarial advice in accordance with Actuarial Guidance Note GN11. The transfer value represents the present value of future payments to be made under the pension plan. Mr Heslop’s annual accrued benefit has increased by £31,351 (£27,358 excluding the effects of inflation), and the transfer value less personal contributions has increased by £665,646 over the year. The increase in Mr Heslop’s pensionable salary of £58,000 is the primary reason for the increase in transfer value.

Dr Garnier and Dr Slaoui are also members of the US Retirement Savings Plan, a 401k savings scheme open to all US employees and the Executive Supplemental Savings Plan, a savings scheme open to executives to accrue benefits above US government limits imposed on the Retirement Savings Plan. Contributions to both plans are invested in a range of funds and the value of the accumulated funds is paid at retirement. During 2007, contributions of $198,475 (£99,238) were paid into these two schemes by GSK in respect of Dr Garnier. In respect of Dr Slaoui, contributions of $85,212 (£42,606) were paid into the scheme.

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