Compass Group appoints former Diageo boss

By Laurence Gibbons

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Walsh will officially take up the chairman position on January 1 2014
Walsh will officially take up the chairman position on January 1 2014

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The Compass Group has appointed former Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh as its new chairman following Roy Gardner’s decision to stand down on February 7 after seven years with the group.

Walsh, who left the Guinness and Johnnie Walker maker Diageo in May after 13 years as boss, said he was “delighted”​ to be joining the Compass Group.

Walsh will take up the role on January 1 2014. He will also become a non-executive chairman after the annual general meeting on February 6 2014.

Sir Ian Robinson, senior independent director of Compass, said: "His experience leading one of the UK's largest international companies through a period of significant global expansion makes him an excellent choice, and we look forward to his valuable contribution to the business.”

Before taking up the chairman position at Diageo, Walsh held a number of senior executive roles, at Diageo in the UK and North America.

He is currently a non-executive director of FedEx Corporation, Unilever and Avanti Communications Group PLC.

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