Debra Crew steps into CEO role at Diageo with immediate effect


Diageo PLC has announced that Debra Crew has been appointed interim chief executive officer with immediate effect, ahead of her planned starting date as CEO on July 1, as CEO Sir Ivan Menezes, who retires at the end of this month,  recovers from emergency surgery in hospital.

In a statement, a Diageo spokesperson, said, “Sir Ivan Menezes is currently in hospital receiving treatment for medical conditions including a stomach ulcer. Over the weekend, we learned that Ivan’s recovery suffered a significant setback due to complications, which followed emergency surgery on the ulcer.

“As a result of these developments, the board of directors has appointed Debra Crew interim chief executive officer with immediate effect, ahead of her appointment as chief executive officer and joining the board as an executive director on 1 July 2023. As previously announced, Ivan will retire from the Board on 30 June 2023.”

The statement added: “Our thoughts are with our much-loved colleague, Ivan, and his family. Out of respect for Ivan and his family’s privacy, we will not be commenting further at this time.”

Crewe joins having been president of Diageo’s largest market, North America. She joined the company in 2019 and becomes one of only a handful of women CEO’s featuring in the FTSE 100 index.



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