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Javier Ferrán joins the board at Diageo

Diageo has announced the appointment of Javier Ferrán to the board as a non-executive director from July 22, 2016 and will later take up the role of chairman on January 1, 2017 on the retirement of Franz Humer.

Ferrán is a partner at Lion Capital having been a founder partner since 2005. Prior to that he spent over 10 years at Bacardi, latterly as president and CEO. He is currently a non-executive director at SAB Miller, Associated British Foods and Desigual, and a member of the Advisory Board of Agrolimen and the ESADE Business School. Ferrán will not seek re-election to the board of SAB Miller at their AGM on in July.

Lord Davies of Abersoch, senior non-executive director, chairman Nominations Committee says: "The Board is delighted that Javier has agreed to be the next chairman of Diageo. He has experience across the consumer sector, given his career at both Lion Capital and Bacardi, and he has demonstrated his ability to enable companies to drive value through the rigorous deployment of capital. He therefore brings a strong set of skills and experience to the role of chairman.

"On behalf of the board, I want to extend our thanks to Franz who has been our chairman for the last 8 years during which time he has guided Diageo to the leadership position it has today. The board looks forward to Javier’s chairmanship as he builds on all that Franz has achieved.’

Ferrán says: "It will be a privilege to chair the Diageo board. The company is in a strong position with leading brands, geographic reach and financial strength. It now has a consumer facing culture and a rigorous approach to the decisions it makes. As chairman it will be my role to work with the strong executive team, led by Ivan, to ensure that the company delivers its potential."

Ivan Menezes, chief executive, says: "I am very pleased to welcome Javier to the Diageo Board. He brings a wealth of experience to the role of Chairman. On behalf of everyone at Diageo I want to thank Franz for the role he has played in making Diageo the strong business it is today. The appointment of someone of Javier’s ability as Franz’s successor is a tribute to all that Franz has contributed to Diageo.

‘Diageo is executing a clear strategy with discipline in order to deliver accelerated top line growth, greater productivity and continued strong cash flow. I look forward to working with Javier as we build Diageo’s leadership position and achieve our ambition.’

23 May 2016 - Rebecca Sterritt Paragraph Publishing, content manager