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 a General Meeting (GM).

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 Mellon.

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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2011 AGM

Reports and accounts 2011 1,820,248,630 99.09% 16,632,493 0.91% 18,468,194
Directors’ remuneration report 2011 1,462,775,714 80.00% 365,773,869 20.00% 26,799,734
Declaration of final dividend 1,854,495,642 99.98% 284,075 0.02% 569,601
Re-election of PB Bruzelius as a director 1,809,178,804 97.98% 37,205,972 2.02% 8,943,981
Re-election of LM Danon as a director 1,849,461,098 99.72% 5,121,996 0.28% 748,073
Re-election of Lord Davies as a director 1,831,891,631 99.11% 16,381,789 0.89% 7,057,726
Re-election of BD Holden as a director 1,842,642,917 99.75% 4,573,119 0.25% 8,115,130
Re-election of Dr FB Humer as a director 1,837,117,258 99.06% 17,495,719 0.94% 736,041
Re-election of DA Mahlan as a director 1,846,627,550 99.57% 7,998,496 0.43% 722,574
Re-election of PG Scott as a director 1,842,981,220 99.71% 5,306,585 0.29% 7,060,802
Re-election of HT Stitzer as a director 1,850,827,753 99.80% 3,761,957 0.20% 759,296
Re-election of PS Walsh as a director 1,845,364,873 99.50% 9,276,287 0.50% 707,760
Re-appointment of auditor 1,836,622,693 99.51% 8,978,871 0.49% 9,747,753
Remuneration of auditor 1,850,741,193 99.81% 3,480,870 0.19% 1,127,205
Authority to allot shares 1,719,321,425 92.75% 134,473,724 7.25% 1,555,366
Disapplication of pre-emption rights 1,828,805,662 98.80% 22,181,247 1.20% 4,358,513
Authority to purchase own ordinary shares 1,838,372,683 99.49% 9,395,012 0.51% 7,579,643
Authority to make political donations and/or to incur political expenditure in the EU 1,793,912,976 96.89% 57,530,027 3.11% 3,903,146
Reduced notice of a general meeting other than an annual general meeting 1,671,535,592 90.15% 182,568,302 9.85% 1,237,188

* 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.

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General Meeting (GM)

The company will call a GM 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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