Chairman (Age 57)
Appointment Appointed to the Board in January 2014.
Committee membership Corporate Responsibility and Nomination.
Skills and previous experience Former Chief Executive, Diageo plc, from September 2000 to June 2013 and now an Advisor to the Chairman and Chief Executive, having originally joined the Board in 1997. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Pillsbury Company and a Director of GrandMet and Diageo plc. Former Non-Executive Director of Centrica plc.
Business Ambassador for the food and drink industries of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Council Member, and former Chairman, of the Scotch Whisky Association.
Current external appointments Non-Executive Director of Unilever PLC and FedEx Corporation and Deputy Chairman of Avanti Communications Group plc.