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TORRENZANO TO HEAD SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CORPORATE AFFAIRS

 TORRENZANO TO HEAD SMITHKLINE BEECHAM CORPORATE AFFAIRS
 PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- SmithKline Beecham (NYSE: SBH) today announced the appointment of Richard Torrenzano as senior vice- president, corporate affairs.
 Torrenzano will join the company in late February. Reporting to Robert P. Bauman, SmithKline Beecham chief executive, Torrenzano, 41, will have worldwide responsibility for investor relations, financial communications, media relations, government affairs and public policy issues, as well the company's philanthropic activities.
 Most recently, Torrenzano was executive vice-president of Hill and Knowlton Inc. Prior to that, he served for nine years with the New York Stock Exchange, were he was senior vice-president, communications. As a member of the Big Board Management Committee and its chief spokesperson, he was responsible for planning and directing the NYSE extensive external and internal communications activities which included creating the NYSE television and radio networks.
 "Rich is widely acknowledged for having created at the New York Stock Exchange one of the most effective communications and public policy operations of any financial institution worldwide," said Bauman. "He brings to SmithKline Beecham the talent and experience to help achieve our goal of becoming the market leader in each of our principal businesses."
 Torrenzano said: "SmithKline Beecham is an exciting company in an exciting industry. Healthcare is a major international issue for the 1990's and our challenge will be to provide innovative, cost-effective products and services to an increasingly sophisticated, health-conscious global population."
 A native New Yorker, Torrenzano graduated from the New York Institute of Technology in 1972 with a bachelor of science degree in behavioral sciences. In 1985, he was appointed to the university's board of trustees and also serves as a member of its executive committee. In 1989, he was awarded NYIT's President's Medal, the college's highest honor, for outstanding service to the community. And in 1990, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Public Relations Society of America's Silver Anvil Award; one for institutional programs and another in Investor Relations.
 Torrenzano has represented the NYSE in more than 40 countries including the October, 1990 USSR-NYSE Seminar in Moscow and NYSE delegations in Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland earlier that year.
 He was also involved in the historic November 1986 "US-China Symposium on Financial Markets," held in Beijing. From 1986 to 1989, Mr. Torrenzano coordinated White House-related activities for the NYSE chief executive officer.
 Torrenzano joined the NYSE from Sperry Corporation, where he was corporate manager, media relations and news services.
 SmithKline Beecham is a world leader in healthcare, marketing prescription and over-the-counter medicines, healthcare consumer brands, animal health products and clinical laboratory services.
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