Ivan Menezes comes top of this year’s EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List

Ivan Menezes comes top of this year’s EMpower 100 Ethnic Minority Executives List

13 May 2021

Revealed today, the EMpower Role Model Lists are split into three categories - Executives, Advocates and Future Leaders – and celebrate those who are driving the charge for inclusive and diversity in businesses.

Commended for ensuring inclusion and diversity sits at the heart of Diageo, Ivan and Mairéad have been recognised for their achievements to date, and the business’ future commitments, including 50% female and 45% ethnically diverse representation across its leadership by 2030.

As well as launching ambitious representation goals in the last 12 months, we have also introduced initiatives including the $20 million community fund to help black communities and businesses recover from COVID-19 in North America, became an early signatory of the Change the Race Ratio and worked closely and supported employee resource groups across the world, such as AHEAD (African Heritage Employees at Diageo) in North America and REACH (Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage) in the UK.

Ivan Menezes

“I’m honoured to have been chosen to be an EMpower role model. I believe that to build a great business you need to create one that is truly inclusive and where diverse talent can thrive. We are learning every day and know there is more we can all do, but at Diageo we are fully committed to equal opportunities for everyone, whatever their ethnic background.”

Ivan Menezes

Chief Executive, Diageo

“I’m delighted to have been recognised alongside Ivan on this year’s EMpower lists. Our people are the foundation of our success and we want them to belong to an inclusive culture which enables them to thrive, and is also reflective of the diverse communities across the world who enjoy our products.”

Mairéad Nayager

Chief HR Officer, Diageo

To view the 2021 EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists in full visit: