Diageo recognised for commitment to diversity and gender equality by the Financial Times

Diageo celebrates as Ivan Menezes (CEO); Mairead Nayager (Chief Human Resources Officer) and Siobhan Moriarty (General Counsel) are named in the ‘Financial Times and HERoes Champions of Women in Business List’.


Diageo continues to deliver a strong track record for its work on diversity in business, gaining recognition as three of our executives are listed in the ‘FT & HERoes 100 Female Executives’ and the ‘FT & HERoes 50 Male Executives’.  The ranking celebrates company leaders – both male and female – who champion women in business and who inspire action to promote gender equality, making them role models to others.

We are proud to have three of our leaders recognised as champions of inclusion and diversity in this single commendation.  Each person was scored on the seniority and influence of their role, their work done internally and externally to champion women, their recent and significant business achievements and the testimonial provided with their nomination.

The endorsement from FT & HERoes is testimony to the dedication our leadership and colleagues have shown to be a fully inclusive and diverse organisation.

“We have a core belief at Diageo that an inclusive and diverse workforce is central to our success. I believe it is our responsibility to lead by example and I am proud to see Mairead and Siobhan recognised for their inspiring work to promote change and ensure women at all levels of the business are empowered to succeed. We are determined to build on our progress to date and are all focussed on going beyond gender, to champion and reward talented people with a range of backgrounds, experiences and capabilities.”

Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes

Chief Executive

This year has seen Diageo recognised by the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index for its performance and disclosure around gender equality and in this month we ranked fourth in the Thomson Reuters Global Diversity and Inclusion Index. These achievements, including today’s recognition, reflect the fact that promoting inclusion and diversity is at the very heart of the way we work, and central to our core purpose of celebrating life every day, everywhere.

“These lists have been created with one aim – to create gender parity in workplaces across the globe. The role models we’re recognising aren’t just those who have achieved success themselves – they’re those who are committed to lifting others with them as they climb, and ultimately fueling the female talent pipeline.”

Suki Sandhu

Founder of INvolve and HERoes

At Diageo, we know that for our business to thrive and realise its ambition, we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate. We are particularly proud that we have focused on achieving greater diversity at the most senior level, where women currently make up 40% of our Executive Committee.

You can find out more information on how we are furthering diversity and inclusion in our company and beyond here: 

Diversity and Inclusion