GlaxoSmithKline Executives Loaned to Assist Research Triangle Regional Partnership Initiatives

Research Triangle Region, N.C. – GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has assigned two loaned executives to the Research Triangle Regional Partnership (RTRP) from June-December to help with marketing communications and air quality education initiatives.

GSK will pay all expenses for the two executives, Jessica Blackwell and Karen Collins, for six months through its PULSE Volunteer Partnership.

Blackwell’s main focus will be to promote the air quality mascot program featuring Clair, the Clean Air Explorer, and CAM, the Clean Air Maniac. GSK has underwritten the mascot program since its inception in 2003. Blackwell has been an LAS senior technologist with GSK since 2001. She has a masters degree in public administration from N.C. Central University and a Duke Certificate in Nonprofit Management.

Collins will focus on the marketing and communications needs of RTRP. She is currently senior director of U.S. product communications and has been with Burroughs Wellcome, Glaxo Wellcome and GSK since 1984. She is a graduate of the Wellcome Foundation’s International Management Development Program and was the recipient of the Pinnacle Award from the Public Relations Society of America, North Carolina Chapter for Marketing Communications.

"The PULSE Volunteer Partnership addresses a clear need for nonprofit organizations," said Mary Linda Andrews, director of GSK's North Carolina Community Partnership. “Our high-performing employees work and utilize their professional skills and come back to GSK with new ideas, energized and motivated.”

Blackwell and Collins are the third and fourth PULSE volunteers assigned to RTRP in the past year. To learn more about PULSE, visit

RTRP is the public-private organizations that leads economic development for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, home to The Research Triangle Park and the 13 counties of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren. For more information, visit