I personally met Tom Nevins on a professional basis when I was with Abbott in the early 1980’s. At that time he worked for us in comparing the Rules of Employment, salary, retirement and other benefits when we were merging three companies in Japan.
In recent years in working at SmithKline (now SmithKline Beecham), we have involved Tom on a number of issues including such things as evaluating, updating and writing new Rules of Employment again as we merged two companies to form a joint venture company between Sumitomo and SmithKline.
On specific problem employee issues that are bound to come up in a company of our size and time in Japan he has been a major resource in resolving these smoothly. We have avoided confrontations and have been able to move decisively while maintaining good relations with people who are outplaced. In particular, Tom has been a constant source of timely and effective counsel to myself as I charted the organization through many changes successfully.
Richard J. Findlay
SmithKline Beecham Consumer Brands