Diageo Plc (LON:DGE) announced the appointment of Debra Crew as a Non-Executive Director, effective on 18 April 2019. Debra will also join the Audit, Nomination and Remuneration Committees of the Board on appointment.
Debra is the former president and CEO of Reynolds American, Inc., having previously served as president and chief operating officer and president and chief commercial officer of RJ Reynolds. Before joining Reynolds, Debra spent five years at PepsiCo, where she served as president, North America Nutrition; president, PepsiCo Americas Beverages; and president, Western Europe Region.
Prior to PepsiCo, she held positions, from 1997 to 2010, with Kraft Foods, Nestlé S.A., and Mars, Inc. Debra is a graduate of the University of Denver, earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, and previously served as an officer in the United States Army. She currently serves on the boards of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK), Newell Brands (NYSE: NWL), and Mondēlez International (NASDAQ: MDLZ).
Diageo Chairman, Javier Ferrán, said:
“I am delighted that Debra is joining the Diageo Board. Her expertise in FMCG and experience as a former CEO will add to and complement the current Board and will serve Diageo well as we continue to progress on our journey to achieving our ambition to become one of the most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world. I very much look forward to welcoming Debra to the team and am confident that she will make a valuable contribution to the long-term sustainable success of the company.”