Diageo MD steps down after 20 years of service

By James Ridler contact

- Last updated on GMT

Drinks boss steps down after 20 years
Diageo GB managing director (MD) Charles Ireland is to step down from his role after 20 years with the company.

The head of the drinks company’s British, Irish and French operations will leave the company at the end of December, to be replaced by current managing director for global travel Dayalan Nayager. 

Ireland, who has served as MD since 2016, helped increase market share growth across beer and spirits in the on-trade and off-trade, which saw Diageo GB’s net sales grow 8%.

Prior to his role in the GB business, he spent 13 years leading some of Diageo’s key businesses in both Asia-Pacific and Africa, including East African Breweries.

‘Legacy that he leaves behind’

Commenting on Ireland’s departure, Diageo president of Europe, Turkey and India John Kennedy said: “I would like to thank Charles for the substantial contribution that he has made to Diageo and for the legacy that he leaves behind, not just in GB but in many countries around the world.

“He has made a significant impact on the business, both on a professional and a personal level, and I wish him all the best for the future.”

Kennedy congratulated Nayager on his appointment and welcomed him to the European executive committee in his new role.

“I’ve been impressed with Dayalan’s passion for diversity and engagement, along with his strong performance focus, and I am excited about what he will achieve for GB, France and Ireland,” ​said Kennedy.

New Global Travel MD

Eduardo Barp, currently general manager for Caribbean & Central America will become MD for Global Travel, reporting in to Alberto Gavazzi, president for Diageo Latin America and Caribbean, Global Travel and Sales.

Gavazzi added: “Dayalan leaves the Global Travel business in great shape. It has never been as structured and disciplined as it is today, with such an integral focus on the customer, and I wish him all the best in his new European role.

“I would like to congratulate Eduardo on his appointment to the Global Travel team and look forward to working with him on this exciting global agenda.”

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