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Diageo plc announces change to its Board of Directors October 2020


Diageo announces the appointment of Ireena Vittal as a Non-Executive Director, effective on 2 October 2020. Ireena will also join the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees on appointment.

Ireena is currently a non-executive director of Housing Development Finance Corporation Limited (NSE: HFDC), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (NSE: GODREJCP), Wipro Limited (NSE: WIPRO) and Compass plc (LSE: CPG). She was previously a non-executive director of various Indian listed companies, including most recently Titan Company Limited (NSE: TITAN) to 1 October 2020, The Indian Hotels Company Limited (NSE: INDHOTEL) to 26 August 2019, Cipla Limited (NSE: CIPLA) to 31 March 2019 and Tata Global Beverages Limited (NSE: TATACONSUM) to 30 June 2018.

Between 2004-2012, Ireena was a partner with McKinsey & Company in India, having joined the firm in 1996. Before joining McKinsey & Company, Ireena was head of marketing and sales at Hutchinson Max Telecom and a brand manager with Nestlé in India.

Ireena is an Indian national and holds a BS (Electronics) from Osmania University in India and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. Ireena brings experience in in strategy, consumer insights and digital, with particular focus on the Indian market.

Javier Ferrán, Chairman, Diageo plc said:

“I am delighted to welcome Ireena to the Diageo Board. She brings a wealth of FMCG experience from her executive consulting career, together with her broad experience as a non-executive director. Ireena’s knowledge of emerging markets, including her particular expertise in India, will be of great benefit and I am very much looking forward to her contribution to the Board.”

In accordance with Listing Rule 9.6.15, Diageo confirms that there are no further details to be disclosed pursuant to Listing Rule 9.6.13.

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About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, JεB, Buchanan’s and Windsor whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company whose products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource,, for information, initiatives and ways to share best practice.

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