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Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Our AGM is held in September each year and gives shareholders 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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As an ordinary shareholder you are entitled to attend, speak and vote at general meetings of the company. As an ADR holder (American Depository Receipt) you are entitled to vote by proxy which is then exercised on your behalf by the depositary bank, Citibank.

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 Citibank. The proxy votes received by the return-by date are then exercised through Citibank. To be eligible to vote, ADR holders must be on the Register on the AGM record date.

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

2019 AGM

The 2019 AGM of Diageo plc was held at 2.30 pm on Thursday, 19 September 2019 at etc.venues, 200 Aldersgate, London EC1A 4HD.

All resolutions were voted on by way of a poll and were passed.  The total number of votes received on each resolution is as follows:

 

VOTES FOR

%

VOTES AGAINST

%

VOTES WITHHELD

1) Report and accounts 2019

1,751,080,621

99.82%

3,167,328

0.18%

6,446,855

2) Directors’ remuneration report 2019

1,694,726,156

96.88%

54,505,285

3.12%

11,478,228

3) Declaration of final dividend

1,759,349,182

99.95%

885,756

0.05%

507,286

4) Election of D Crew as a director

1,750,285,859

99.45%

9,639,086

0.55%

760,166

5) Re-election of Lord Davies as a director

1,751,339,509

99.51%

8,614,590

0.49%

724,818

6) Re-election of J Ferrán as a director

1,751,857,528

99.54%

8,127,981

0.46%

698,754

7) Re-election of S Kilsby as a director

1,737,329,385

98.80%

21,124,739

1.20%

2,232,474

8) Re-election of H KwonPing as a director

1,557,452,435

88.66%

199,120,023

11.34%

4,109,840

9) Re-election of N Mendelsohn as a director

1,754,372,724

99.88%

2,169,235

0.12%

4,132,955

10) Re-election of I Menezes as a director

1,758,810,233

99.93%

1,206,397

0.07%

680,441

11) Re-election of K Mikells as a director

1,753,526,244

99.63%

6,424,283

0.37%

708,020

12) Re-election of A Stewart as a director

1,756,750,625

99.82%

3,226,244

0.18%

712,593

13) Re-appointment of auditor

1,758,293,787

99.89%

1,852,093

0.11%

553,554

14) Remuneration of auditor

1,755,796,779

99.81%

3,351,818

0.19%

642,441

15) Authority to make political donations and/or incur political expenditure

1,709,874,147

97.65%

41,238,130

2.35%

8,705,966

16) Authority to allot shares

1,727,277,967

98.22%

31,361,516

1.78%

1,146,539

17) Approval of the Irish Sharesave Scheme

1,743,406,158

99.20%

14,083,443

0.80%

2,262,911

18) Disapplication of pre-emption rights

1,749,753,190

99.55%

7,983,575

0.45%

2,000,071

19) Authority to purchase own shares*

1,732,891,809

98.59%

24,761,775

1.41%

2,133,922

20) Reduced notice of general meeting other than an AGM*

1,631,406,327

93.18%

119,328,898

6.82%

9,026,372

21) Approval and adoption of new articles of association

1,755,052,456

99.82%

3,103,133

0.18%

1,572,402

*Special Resolution.

Download 2019 AGM Docs

Notice of meeting

Shareholder information

General Meeting

The company will call a General Meeting 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.