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Shareholder Meetings

The company is required by law to hold a general meeting of its shareholders each year (the Annual General Meeting - "AGM"). If an important matter requiring shareholder approval cannot wait until the next AGM, the company will call an Extraordinary General Meeting ("EGM").

As an ordinary shareholder you are entitled to attend, speak and vote at general meetings of the company.

As an ADR holder you are entitled to vote by proxy which is then exercised on your behalf by the depositary bank, The Bank of New York.

If you attend a general meeting, you can vote in person on each resolution. If you cannot attend, you may appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf and your proxy can vote on a poll.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Diageo AGM is held in October each year and gives you the opportunity to vote on various company matters, either by attending the meeting and voting in person or by sending in a proxy vote (to be used for a polled vote) in hard copy or electronic form.

If you attend the AGM, you have the opportunity to put questions to the board of directors and to speak to individual directors personally after the meeting. If you are unable to attend, or if you have any questions you wish to put to any of the directors during the course of the year, you may write to the company

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Holders of Diageo ADRs will receive voting materials and have the sole right to vote the ordinary shares of Diageo represented by their ADRs, which are held by The Bank of New York. The proxy votes received by the return-by-date are then exercised through The Bank of New York. To be eligible to vote, ADR holders must be on the Register on the AGM record date.

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2010 AGM

Resolution VOTES FOR % VOTES AGAINST % VOTE WITHELD
Reports and accounts 2010 1,721,943,754 99.02% 16,972,621 0.98% 18,514,852
Directors’ remuneration report 2010 1,525,196,519 88.26% 202,824,959 11.74% 29,409,749
Declaration of final dividend 1,756,581,966 99.98% 326,440 0.02% 522,821
Re-election of PB Bruzelius as a director 1,638,067,151 94.38% 97,451,444 5.62% 21,907,336
Re-election of LM Danon as a director 1,750,322,040 99.73% 4,822,228 0.27% 2,281,663
Re-election of BD Holden as a director 1,748,649,573 99.72% 4,839,858 0.28% 3,936,334
Re-election of Lord Hollick as a director 1,751,081,726 99.70% 5,183,316 0.30% 1,166,185
Re-election of Dr FB Humer as a director 1,730,335,236 98.50% 26,299,166 1.50% 796,825
Re-election of PG Scott as a director 1,748,860,660 99.56% 7,776,847 0.44% 793,720
Re-election of HT Stitzer as a director 1,751,451,677 99.72% 4,872,566 0.28% 1,106,984
Re-election of PA Walker as a director 1,751,550,954 99.73% 4,775,710 0.27% 1,104,563
Re-election of PS Walsh as a director 1,744,769,548 99.34% 11,595,104 0.66% 1,066,575
Election of Lord Davies as a director 1,753,931,305 99.87% 2,339,316 0.13% 1,160,606
Election of DA Mahlan as a director 1,746,503,639 99.42% 10,116,662 0.58% 810,926
Re-appointment of auditor 1,745,557,900 99.78% 3,793,343 0.22% 8,079,984
Remuneration of auditor 1,754,328,054 99.89% 2,002,423 0.11% 1,100,750
Authority to allot shares 1,607,448,355 92.25% 135,053,079 7.75% 14,929,793
Disapplication of pre-emption rights 1,674,878,518 95.43% 80,178,785 4.57% 2,373,924
Authority to purchase own ordinary shares 1,754,948,421 99.90% 1,730,387 0.10% 751,649
Authority to make political donations and/or to incur political expenditure in the EU 1,682,930,461 96.54% 60,235,623 3.46% 14,264,373
Amendment of the Diageo plc 2001 Share Incentive Plan 1,742,486,263 99.41% 10,369,108 0.59% 4,575,086
Adoption of the Diageo plc 2010 Sharesave Plan 1,740,237,845 99.11% 15,668,645 0.89% 1,523,967
Authority to establish international share plans 1,740,330,419 99.10% 15,741,117 0.90% 1,358,921
Reduced notice of a general meeting other than an annual general meeting 1,619,834,535 92.23% 136,533,390 7.77% 1,062,532

* As a percentage of the aggregate of votes For plus votes Against (i.e. excluding votes Withheld).

**Resolutions passed other than those concerning ordinary business.

Click here for 2010 AGM documents

Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

The company will call an EGM if an important matter requiring shareholder approval cannot wait until the next AGM.

For example, an EGM was held on 2 October 2000 to enable shareholders to vote on the proposed disposal of Pillsbury to General Mills, Inc.

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