Diageo leaders recognised as LGBTQIA+ Role Models for ninth consecutive year

9 Nov 2023

We’re thrilled that four Diageo leaders have been recognised in the prestigious ‘Outstanding LGBT+ Role Model Lists’ 2023, the annual spotlight on leaders and allies that are championing LGBTQIA+ diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Louise Prashad, Chief HR Officer

Named on the Top 50 Ally Executives list for the second consecutive year is our Chief HR Officer Louise Prashad, and Chief Marketing Officer Cristina Diezhandino, who has ranked #2. As Chief HR Officer, Louise was recognised for her commitment to creating an inclusive culture, championing the LGBTQIA+ community, and ensuring Diageo is a great place to work for LGBTQIA+ talent. Cristina was featured for her commitment to progressive marketing across Diageo’s 200+ brands, and her role as Executive Ally to the Rainbow Network, our ERG that is committed to ensuring Diageo is a fantastic place to work for the LGBTQIA+ community.

Cristina Diezhandino, Chief Marketing Officer

Amanda Lampe, Director of Corporate Relations - Australia, has been included in the Top 100 Executive LGBTQIA+ List, with her recognition a result of her dedication to making Diageo a great place to work for LGBTQIA+ colleagues in Australia and APAC, as demonstrated by Casamigos and Johnnie Walker partnering with Sydney WorldPride and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras earlier this year.  

Amanda Lampe, Corporate Relations Director - Australia

Finally, we’re incredibly proud that Andre Bogues, Senior Culture and Entertainment Manager, has ranked #1 in the Top 100 Future Leaders LGBTQIA+ List. In his role, Andre ensures Diageo’s commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community shines through our marketing, with Andre often consulting our brands on topical discussions regarding the community. He is the Community Pillar lead of Diageo’s GB Rainbow Network, leading the Pride Month ‘Party x Protest’ panel with Queer Britain for employees at our London office, and outside of Diageo he is the Head of Communications at UK Black Pride, the world's largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQIA+ people.

Andre Bogues, Senior Culture and Entertainment Manager

“It came as a surprise to be included in the Role Model List, let alone to rank number one, but I’m so proud to be recognised amongst such inspirational role models. I’m all about intersectionality and allowing people to be their full selves at work, so to be seen and commended for that is incredible.”

Andre Bogues

Senior Culture & Entertainment Manager

Our commitment

At Diageo, we believe that there is power in diversity, and as part of this are committed to making sure Diageo is a great place to work for LGBTQIA+ talent and that we support LGBTQIA+ inclusion and rights around the world. 

To advance this commitment, we have employee Rainbow Networks worldwide, including in North America, India, South Africa, and recently in Southeast Asia, with each group striving to create the most open and inclusive culture for the LGBTQIA+ community in, and beyond, Diageo. 

Led by the Rainbow network, Pride 2023 was one of the biggest ever at Diageo, with 78 sites raising the Pride Progress flag. Our industry-leading parental leave gives employees in many of our markets 26 weeks’ paid leave, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or whether they become parents biologically, via surrogacy, or adoption. Our Gender Identity and Expression Guidelines are also live in 30 countries, which ensures Diageo has support in place for employees who are transitioning, have transitioned, who recognise themselves to be a different gender from the gender assigned to them at birth, are gender-fluid or non-binary.  

Find out more about the Outstanding LGBTQIA+ Role Model Lists