Diageo leaders recognised for championing women in business

Ivan Menezes, CEO, Mairéad Nayager, Chief HR Officer and Syl Saller, CMO, are named in the ‘Yahoo Finance and HERoes Champions of Women in Business’ lists


We are thrilled that, as in previous years, Diageo has been recognised on the ‘HERoes Champions of Women in Business’ list. This year three 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.

Syl Saller and Mairéad Nayager both feature on the 100 Women Executives list which is made up of women who are leading by example to drive change, while Ivan Menezes is named as one of 40 Advocate Executives, who are dedicated to creating a more diverse and inclusive business environment for women. 

To be recognised by the ‘Champions of Women in Business’ list 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 44% of our Board and 40% of our Executive Committee are women and we continue to work towards our target of 40% female representation in senior leadership roles by 2025.

Diageo leaders named Yahoo Champion of Women in Business

We are proud that this year we have transformed our global parental leave policy into one of the industry’s best for both women and men, improving the working life of Diageo employees around the world. We also sponsored the Creative Equals Returners programme to help women returning to work in the creative industries and celebrated one year on from pledging to ‘Free the Bid’, an initiative to promote equal opportunities for women in the advertising industry.