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Diageo appoints new MD for GB as Ireland steps down

Published:  02 November, 2018

Diageo managing director GB Charles Ireland is leaving the business at the end of this year after 21 years of service, with current managing director for global travel Dayalan Nayager set to step into his shoes.

In his new role, Nayager will report to John Kennedy, president, Diageo Europe, Turkey and India. 

Eduardo Barp, currently general manager Caribbean & Central America will become managing director for Global Travel reporting into Alberto Gavazzi, president, Diageo Latin America and Caribbean, Global Travel and Sales.

Both roles will commence on 1 January 2019.

Leaving Diageo to “pursue opportunities outside the business”, Ireland has held the position of managing director for GB, Ireland and France since 2016.

Under his leadership the GB business has increased market share growth across beer and spirits in both the on and the off-trade.

In July 2018, Diageo GB announced net sales growth of 8% and in Ireland the business has returned to NSV growth.

Thanking Ireland for the “substantial contribution” he had made to Diageo and for “the legacy he leaves behind”, Kennedy said: “Charles has made a significant impact on the business, both on a professional and a personal level, and I wish him all the best for the future.”

I would also like to congratulate Dayalan on his appointment and welcome him to the European Executive Committee in his new role, he added.

“I’ve been impressed with Dayalan’s passion for diversity and engagement along with his strong performance focus and I am excited about what he will achieve for GB, France and Ireland.”

Nayager has worked in Diageo’s Travel Retail business for nearly four years, before becoming managing director for Global Travel in 2016.

Having joined Diageo in 2007 as sales director for Mexico, Barp has been the general manager Caribbean & Central America since 2016. His replacement will be the subject of a future announcement.