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Diageo announces senior changes in GB and Global Travel

Diageo has announced changes to its senior leadership in its GB and Global Travel businesses.

Charles Ireland, managing director for GB, Ireland and France will be leaving Diageo at the end of December 2018, after more than 20 years with the company, to pursue opportunities outside of the business. Dayalan Nayager, currently managing director for Global Travel, has been appointed to managing director for GB, Ireland and France, reporting to John Kennedy, president, Diageo Europe, Turkey and India. 

Eduardo Barp, currently general manager Caribbean & Central America will become managing director for Global Travel reporting into Alberto Gavazzi, president, Diageo Latin America and Caribbean, Global Travel and Sales. Both roles will commence on 1 January 2019.

John Kennedy, president, Diageo Europe, Turkey and India says: “I would like to thank Charles for the substantial contribution that he has made to Diageo and for the legacy that he leaves behind, not just in GB but in many countries around the world. He has made a significant impact on the business, both on a professional and a personal level, and I wish him all the best for the future. I would also like to congratulate Dayalan on his appointment and welcome him to the European Executive Committee in his new role. I’ve been impressed with Dayalan’s passion for diversity and engagement along with his strong performance focus and I am excited about what he will achieve for GB, France and Ireland.”

Alberto Gavazzi, president Diageo Latin America and Caribbean, Global Travel and Sales said: “Dayalan leaves the Global Travel business in great shape. It has never been as structured and disciplined as it is today, with such an integral focus on the customer, and I wish him all the best in his new European role. I would like to congratulate Eduardo on his appointment to the Global Travel team and look forward to working with him on this exciting global agenda.”

Charles Ireland has been managing director for GB, Ireland and France since 2016. Under Charles’s leadership the GB business has increased market share growth across beer and spirits in both the on and the off trade. Prior to GB, Charles has had a successful career with the company including spending 13 years leading some of Diageo’s key businesses in both Asia Pacific and Africa, including East African Breweries Limited.

Dayalan Nayager has worked in Diageo’s Travel Retail business for nearly four years, before becoming managing director for Global Travel in 2016.

Eduardo Barp has been the general manager Caribbean & Central America since 2016. He joined Diageo in 2007 as sales director for Mexico, where under his leadership Scotch volumes doubled and NSV tripled. Eduardo moved in 2011 to be commercial lead for Business Development for Diageo Latin America and Caribbean before being appointed customer development director, Western Europe. He was appointed as the general manager, Venezuela in 2013.

Eduardo Barp’s replacement will be the subject of a future announcement.

2 November 2018 - Sam Coyne the drinks report, editor