Diageo appoints Syl Saller as new chief marketing officer

Diageo has announced the promotion of Andy Fennell, chief marketing officer of the drinks giant, to the post of president and chief operating officer in Africa - opening up his former role to Syl Saller, global innovations director, with both appointments taking effect from 1 July.

Ivan Menezes, chief operating officer of Diageo said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Syl Saller to the executive. Syl brings a great breadth of marketing and general management experience to her new position. In particular, her global track record on innovation performance over the past nine years has been outstanding.

“Andy has made a huge contribution in his four and a half years as chief marketing officer. In his new role, Andy will work with Nick and their talented teams to further strengthen our leading position in Africa, a region with enormous potential.”

In a separate development Diageo’s HR director, Gareth Williams, has announced his retirement from the firm, creating a vacancy which will be filled by Leanne Wood, global talent and organisational effectiveness director, also from 1 July.

Paul S Walsh, chief executive of Diageo said: “Gareth has been absolutely pivotal to the creation of today’s Diageo, from shaping Diageo’s culture to putting people and values at the heart of our business. He has a total commitment to making Diageo a special and enduring company, and has guided the careers of many of its leaders today and those of the future. It has been a privilege to work with him.’

Ivan Menezes, chief operating officer of Diageo added: ‘I am delighted to welcome Leanne Wood to the Diageo executive in her new role. Leanne has a great track record across both strategy and HR, and wide experience of our business, having held roles in Ireland, South East Asia, Africa and our global functions.”