Diageo announces Emma Walmsley to its Board as upcoming Non-Executive Director

– UK, London – Diageo announces the appointment of Emma Walmsley as a Non-Executive Director effective 1 January 2016. Emma will also join the Audit, the Nomination and the Remuneration Committees on appointment.

Having been on Diageo’s Board for nine years, Diageo also announces that Laurence Danon will step down at its upcoming Annual General Meeting, 23 September 2015.

Emma Walmsley is currently Chief Executive Officer of GSK Consumer Healthcare, a global joint venture between GSK and Novartis. As chief executive of GSK Consumer Healthcare, Emma is responsible for overseeing the world’s leading over-the-counter (OTC) healthcare company. During her tenure as chief executive, GSK Consumer Healthcare has become the leader in 36 markets as well as gaining a strong position in broader growth areas. Prior to her current role at GSK, Emma was President of GSK Consumer Healthcare and has been a member of GSK’s Executive Team since 2011. Emma moved to GSK from L’Oreal where she worked in marketing and general management for 17 years.

Diageo Chairman, Dr Franz Humer said: “I look forward to welcoming Emma to Diageo’s Board. She brings to Diageo a strong blend of commercial and marketing insight. She has significant experience in consumer products, and understands the consumer mindset and how to shape consumer trends. Her work across mature and fast developing countries will support us as we embed our expanded geographic footprint and maximise our strong platform for growth.

“I would also like to thank Laurence Danon for her contribution as a Non-Executive Director over the last nine years. Laurence has been a valued member of the Board during a period of progress and growth for Diageo.”

About Emma Walmsley

Emma Walmsley is the Chief Executive Officer of GSK Consumer Healthcare, a Joint Venture between GSK and Novartis. GSK Consumer Healthcare is the #1 over-the-counter (OTC) company in the world, a leader in 36 markets as well as holding a strong position in specialist oral health, skin health and family nutrition. Prior to this Emma was President of GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare and has been a member of GSK’s Corporate Executive Team since 2011. She joined GSK in 2010, with responsibility for Consumer Healthcare, Europe.

Prior to joining GSK, Emma worked with L’Oreal for 17 years where she held a variety of marketing and general management roles in Paris, London and New York. From 2007 she was based in Shanghai as General Manager, Consumer Products for L’Oreal China.

About Diageo

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include 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, and our 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).

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