Diageo has today announced changes to its Executive Committee which build on the changes made earlier in the year and further enhance the in-market accountability which will be key to delivery of Diageo's performance ambition.
Sam Fischer, currently Managing Director Diageo Greater China, will join the Executive Committee as President, Diageo Greater China and Asia.
Anand Kripalu, CEO United Spirits Limited (USL), will also join the Executive Committee. Both Sam and Anand will report to Nick Blazquez as President, Diageo Africa and Asia Pacific.
In addition to his current responsibility as President, Diageo Western Europe John Kennedy will take responsibility for Russia, Eastern Europe and Turkey as President, Diageo Europe.
These appointments will be effective 1 September 2014.
Diageo has also announced today, that Gilbert Ghostine has accepted a role outside Diageo and will be leaving the organisation on 30 September 2014. Gilbert has been with Diageo for 19 years in a number of roles, latterly as President, Diageo India and Greater China, and Chief Corporate Development Officer.
Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive said:
"The changes we have announced today signal a further shift in Diageo from an organisation based on regions to one which puts accountability in the markets. In addition they strengthen our executive team and enhance our focus on two key growth markets, China and India. I congratulate Sam and Anand on their promotion to the Executive Committee and look forward to seeing the further impact which Nick and John will have on Diageo's performance given their new and wider roles.
"In his time with Diageo, Gilbert has provided strong leadership to many areas of our business across North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. We wish him all the very best for the future."
Sam Fischer joined Diageo in 2007 as General Manager of IndoChina Regions where he established a Diageo-owned company importing premium spirits. In 2009 he was appointed Managing Director of Diageo South East Asia with responsibility for Diageo's business in the region including Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. He assumed the role of Managing Director Diageo Great China, a business encompassing in-market companies, joint ventures and distributor arrangements in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau in July 2013. Prior to Diageo, Sam held a number of senior managerial and commercial positions at Colgate Palmolive.
Anand Kripalu was appointed Chief Executive Officer of United Spirits in May 2014 after being CEO-designate since October 2013. Formerly, Anand was President, India and South Asia at Mondelez International. In this position, Anand played a key role in leading Mondelez in India after the Cadbury acquisition by Kraft. He joined Cadbury India at the end of 2005 as Managing Director, Indian Sub-Continent and was subsequently appointed President, Cadbury Asia in October 2008. Prior to this, Anand worked in Unilever for 22 years.
As of 1 September 2014, the Diageo Executive Committee will comprise:
Ivan Menezes, Chief Executive Deirdre Mahlan, Chief Financial Officer Nick Blazquez, President, Diageo Africa and Asia Pacific David Cutter, President, Global Supply and Procurement Andy Fennell, President, Diageo Africa Sam Fischer, President, Diageo Greater China and Asia Alberto Gavazzi, President, Diageo Latin America and Caribbean John Kennedy, President, Diageo Europe Anand Kripalu, CEO United Spirits Limited Charlotte Lambkin, Corporate Relations Director Anna Manz, Group Strategy Director Siobhan Moriarty, General Counsel Syl Saller, Chief Marketing Officer Larry Schwartz, President, Diageo North America Leanne Wood, Human Resources Director
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