Leveraging his knowledge of logistics and supply chain efficiencies, Anthony Williams has overseen projects trimming tens of millions of dollars in costs for GlaxoSmithKline, the London-based global health care company.
Williams (MBA '06, ENGR '01, '06G) combined his passion for business and industrial engineering by completing the joint-degree program offered by Katz and the Swanson School of Engineering. In seven years, Williams has rapidly progressed at GlaxoSmithKline, starting at the company's Pittsburgh location, before moving abroad, several promotions later.
"The experience has been hugely rewarding both personally and professionally," Williams says. "My work in the U.K. gives me the opportunity to do three things I love: learn, work with great people, and make an impact."
As the special projects director in the Office of the President, Williams leads the strategic initiatives that impact the entire organization. A key focus for Williams is ensuring that the leadership team and company president work together as efficiently as possible.
This high level of responsibility is something that Williams relishes. He also enjoys working in an international setting. His interest in global business goes back to his time at Katz, when Williams worked alongside fellow students from all over the world and traveled to France and Spain on trips.
"The time at Katz prepared me in many ways," Williams recalls. "The curriculum is well suited to support global professionals—please take advantage of the offerings! I was able to get a taste of the cultures that I would one day experience firsthand by interacting with the school' globally diverse population."
Williams helps keep GlaxoSmithKline well situated to take advantage of markets in emerging economies. He's had the opportunity to travel around the world, including to Africa, China, and India, and though the scenery amazes him, his favorite part is the people he meets along the way.
"My most precious treasures are the relationships that have been forged and will last a lifetime," Williams says.