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Diageo CEO Sir Ivan Menezes dies

by LLB Editor
7th Jun 23 11:38 am

Sir Ivan Menezes will be remembered for transforming Diageo’s fortunes and making it the powerhouse it is today in the spirit sector. He was greatly admired by the business community and by investors.

AJ Bell’s Russ Mould said: “In his 10 years as chief executive, he focused on high-end brands, recognising that consumer tastes were evolving and that people were prepared to pay a premium price for a quality product.

“Six years ago, he struck a deal to pay $1 billion for tequila brand Casamigos, which at the time raised eyebrows due to the price but has since proved to be a resounding success for the business. It showed that Diageo was able to move with the times, while also keeping its legacy brands including Guinness relevant in the modern world.

“Sir Ivan paid a lot of attention to culture within the business, while also making sure Diageo was a leader in the fields of sustainability, inclusivity and diversity.

“A succession plan was already in motion before Sir Ivan became unwell, meaning there is no uncertainty over who will run the business. However, news of his death is a shock and the world of business will be in mourning for one of the most highly respected FTSE 100 leaders.”

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