We are celebrating our 20th anniversary

Created on 17 December 1997, through the merger of Grand Metropolitan plc and Guinness plc, Diageo has become a global leader with our products being sold in 180 countries around the world.


Ivan Menezes alongside a number of Scotch Whisky Blenders and fellow members of Diageo’s senior leadership team, who this morning opened the market at the London Stock Exchange in celebration of 20 years of Diageo.

Since 1997, our share price has increased by 340%, market capital has grown 440% and our earnings per share (pre-exceptional items) are 220% higher.

To mark this great milestone our 30,400 employees around the world are celebrating, from a time capsule ceremony at Cardhu distillery in Scotland, the home of Johnnie Walker, to employees in Lagos, Nigeria and Sydney, Australia toasting the occasion with a dram of Johnnie Walker Black Label.

On Friday 15th December, our Chief Executive, Ivan Menezes, along with the talented team of Scotch Whisky Blenders and fellow members of the senior leadership team opened the market at the London Stock Exchange.

“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the past 20 years, which is testament to the commitment of our talented employees past and present. Diageo is a young company created from the incredible entrepreneurial legacy of John Walker, Pierre Smirnoff, Charles Tanqueray, Arthur Guinness and many more – and this spirit continues today. Our brands are part of celebrations globally every day, as we mark this milestone, it is not only the growth of our brands and business that I will be toasting, but the way we do business. We have made great strides in diversity and inclusion, minimising our environmental impact, our contribution to the communities where we operate and in our aim to reduce the harmful use of alcohol around the world.”

Ivan Menezes
Ivan Menezes

Diageo Chief Executive