Diageo leaders recognised for championing women in business 2020

Ivan Menezes, CEO and Mairéad Nayager, Chief HR Officer, are named in the Yahoo Finance and HERoes Women Role Model Lists 2020.

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We are thrilled that, as in previous years, Diageo has been recognised in the HERoes Women Role Model Lists. This year two members of our Executive Committee are included in the prestigious ranking, which celebrates business leaders who act as role models to improve gender equality and champion women in business.

Mairéad Nayager features in the HERoes 100 Women Executives List which is made up of women who are leading by example to drive change, while Ivan Menezes is named in the HERoes 50 Advocates List, who are dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive business environment for women.

To be recognised in the HERoes Women Role Model Lists reflects our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity. At Diageo, we understand that the most successful businesses are those that embrace a diverse workforce with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities. We are proud that 50% of our Board and 38% of our Executive Committee are women. 39% of our global senior leadership team positions are held by women and we continue to work towards our 2025 target of 40%.

Last year we launched an ambitious parental leave policy offering all female employees globally six months fully paid maternity leave and offering the same benefit to men in a majority of markets. Since launch, the average number of paternity leave days taken by men increased from 23 to 105. We are working to increase the number of women in STEM roles through apprenticeships, returnships and a scholarship at Herriot Watt University for female brewers, distillers, and mechanical engineers.

We also sponsor the Creative Equals Returners programme, which supports women returning to the creative industries after a career break, and we are members of the World Federation of Advertisers’ Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce.

Find out more about our work to improve inclusion and diversity

The 2020 HERoes women role model lists