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Our female talent recognised in Management Today

For the third year running, our female talent has been recognised as part of Management Today’s long-running awards, which identify and celebrate high-achieving women in business under the age of 35.


The prestigious list features some of the UK’s brightest young female talent from entrepreneurs and designers to lawyers, bankers and civil servants.

Georgie Bell, Global Brand Ambassador for Mortlach single malt scotch whisky, was one of the women recognised this year, following in the footsteps of Vicky Panayiotou, Global Procurement Director, Glass and PET and Ros Healy, Global Content Creation Director, Baileys, who also received the accolade in 2014 and 2013 respectively.

Georgie Bell was selected by the judges for being a young female rising star in the whisky world.

Georgie has a diploma in distillation and won the Worshipful Company of Distillers’ award for the highest mark internationally in the diploma. As Mortlach Global Brand Ambassador, Georgie brings the brand to life and has a direct impact on all new marketing initiatives, working closely with the global marketing team. She employs her skills and knowledge to train myriad people about Mortlach across Diageo’s Scotch team around the world.

Vicky Panayiotou was selected in 2014 on the back of her success in driving value for big companies through excellent creative negotiation skills as our youngest Global Procurement Director.

In 2013 Ros Healy was selected for her entrepreneurial and creative flair as one of Diageo’s most successful marketing trainee turned global marketing director for the world’s most popular liqueur brand.

Leanne Wood, HR Director at Diageo, said: “I am proud to see the fantastic female talent we have at Diageo recognised in this prestigious list for the third year in a row. We place a huge emphasis on promoting diversity within our organisation and nurturing young talent into the leaders of tomorrow so it is gratifying to see the results of that hard work shine through, and for Georgie, Vicky and Ros to be able to represent the thousands of talented young women we have within our business.”

The awards build on our broader commitment to nurturing and supporting women within the business – 40% of our Executive Committee and almost 30% of our senior leadership are women while our Spirited Women networking group promotes engagement of women across the organisation.

In addition to internal programming and standards to promote female leadership, the company heads initiatives such as Plan W, which aims to support women of all socio-economic profiles through training and skills development.