Diageo announces appointment to its Board of Directors

26 Jul 2017 | Press release

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Diageo announces the appointment of Ursula Burns as a Non-Executive Director effective 2 April 2018. Ursula will also join the Audit, the Nomination and the Remuneration Committees on appointment.

Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns chaired the Board of the Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and was Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2016. In that role, she helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company, serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. In 2016, she led Xerox through a successful separation into two independent, publicly traded companies, enhancing their competitive positions and creating significant value creation opportunities. Ursula joined Xerox in 1980.

Diageo Chairman, Javier Ferrán, said:
“I am delighted that Ursula is joining Diageo’s Board. Her significant and senior expertise in corporate services, manufacturing and product development, coupled with her experience across global markets and deep knowledge of the United States, will stand us in good stead as we progress towards our ambition to be one of the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer goods companies in the world. Her reputation as one of America’s leading businesswomen and her track record in championing women in business will be an inspiration to our people and ways of working. I look forward to welcoming Ursula to the Board.”