Diageo’s female leaders commended in the 2019 EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists

Chief HR Officer, Mairéad Nayager and Hina Nagarajan, Managing Director, Africa Emerging Markets, are recognised in this year’s INvolve EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists, for their efforts to champion inclusivity of ethnic minorities within the business and beyond.


The INvolve EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists are split into three categories: senior executives, future leader and advocates. Mairead is listed in the EMpower Advocates list and Hina feature in this year’s EMpower Senior Executive list.

Their inclusion in this year’s list is in recognition for their ongoing work to champion diversity throughout their careers and foster an inclusive environment for individuals from ethnic minorities in the workplace and outside of it.

The EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists are a celebration of the incredible achievements of people of colour in the business community throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe, United States and Canada. Lists are published annually and showcase 100 Ethnic Minority Executives, 15 Advocates and 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders.

“I am very honoured to be included alongside my fantastic colleague Hina Nagarajan on this year’s EMpower list. We believe that creating a fully inclusive and diverse business is both the right thing to do, and a key enabler to help our business grow. As Diageo’s Executive Sponsor for Race I feel more determined than ever to ensure Diageo is a great place to work for people of all ethnicities.”

Mairéad Nayager
Mairéad Nayager

Chief HR Officer

“I am delighted to be recognised by EMPower’s Role Model List. Furthering an inclusive and diverse culture at work is a real passion for me and I have striven to use my previous roles around the world as a platform to develop and export ethnic minority talent to global positions. Diageo is an absolute leader in this space and I am proud to be part of its ongoing commitment to equalising the workplace. This is the perfect place for me to not only grow and achieve my ambitions, but to also grow many more talented people from ethnic minorities along the way.”

Hina Nagarajan
Hina Nagarajan

Managing Director, Africa Emerging Markets

For International Women’s Day in March we released a new series of candid interviews with employees from across our business. In each short film, interviewees share the experiences, achievements and the challenges they’ve faced both in their professional and personal lives.

To watch  Mairéad and Hina’s short video, click here.

You can view the full lists here: https://www.out-standing.org/empower/