Sunday 25 August 2019

Former tobacco boss Crew joins Diageo board


New Diageo board member Debra Crew
New Diageo board member Debra Crew

Debra Crew has been appointed to the board of Guinness owner Diageo as a non-executive director.

Ms Crew is a former president and chief executive of Reynolds American, a subsidiary of tobacco giant British American Tobacco.

Before joining Reynolds, Ms Crew spent five years at PepsiCo, where she served as president of its North America Nutrition division, as well as president of its Americas Beverages and Western Europe divisions.

Prior to PepsiCo, she held positions from 1997 to 2010, with Kraft Foods, Nestlé, and Mars.

Ms Crew currently serves on the boards of Stanley Black & Decker, American marketing group Newell Brands, and Cadbury-owner Mondēlez.

Diageo chairman Javier Ferrán, said: "I am delighted that Debra is joining the Diageo board."

"Her expertise in fast moving consumer goods and experience as a former CEO will add to and complement the current board," Mr Ferrán added.

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