Diageo has announced changes to its leadership team as it appoints a new chief operating officer and president of its North America division.
Debra Crew, Diageo’s current president of North America and global supply, will step into the role of chief operating officer. Crew will take accountability for driving the company’s continued growth across its markets, brands and supply operations globally.
Meanwhile, the drinks giant’s former president of US spirits and Canada, Claudia Schubert, has been appointed president of North America.
Ivan Menezes, Diageo’s CEO, commented: “Diageo has a world-class executive team with significant strength and depth of experience. Debra and Claudia have proven track records as outstanding leaders inside and outside our company. Their appointments will ensure that we continue to adapt to the changing environment so that we can deliver our performance ambition while making a positive impact wherever we work, source and sell.”
Menezes continued: “I am excited to work more closely with Debra in her new role and with Claudia as she joins the executive committee, as together we continue to build momentum and deliver long-term sustainable growth and value creation for all our stakeholders”.
Both appointments are effective 1 October 2022.
By Lauren Ford
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