Appointment: Joined as non-executive director in January 2014. Appointed Chairman in February 2014.
Committee membership: Corporate Responsibility and Nomination (Chairman).
Key skills and competencies: Paul has significant experience in marketing, buying and retail operations as well as substantial corporate leadership experience.
Career: Former Chief Executive, Diageo plc, from September 2000 to June 2013 and now an adviser to the Chairman and Chief Executive, having originally joined the Board in 1997. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Pillsbury Company, Chairman of Ontex Group N.V. and a director of GrandMet. Former non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc, Simpsons Malt Limited, Unilever PLC, Centrica plc, United Spirits Limited and a nominee director of Pace Holdings Corp,. Former Business Ambassador on the UK Government’s Business Ambassador network and a Member of the Council of the Scotch Whisky Association.
Current external appointments: Chairman of Avanti Communications Group plc and Chime Communications Limited. Non-executive director of FedEx Corporation and RM2 International S.A. Adviser to TPG Capital LLP (TPG) and a nominee director of the various companies as required by TPG.