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Mikells takes Xerox executive to become its chief financial officer

Published:  06 October, 2015

Diageo has appointed Kathryn Mikells as chief financial officer with effect from November 9, replacing Deirdre Mahlan.

Mikells joins from Xerox Corporation, where she has held the same position since May 2013.

She was chief financial officer of United Airlines from 2008 to 2010.

Chief Executive Ivan Menezes said: "Diageo is focused on driving performance from our core and on improving productivity to drive out cost to invest in growth.

"Kathryn has the experience of working with teams to drive disciplined performance management which will contribute to the achievement of our performance ambition.

"We are starting to see the benefits of the changes we have put in place and I am confident we are uniquely positioned to take advantage of this growth sector."

Mikells added: "This is a unique opportunity to work for a company with leading consumer brands, unparalleled global reach and the marketing and innovation agility to drive performance locally.

"Diageo has a clear and compelling strategy and I am looking forward to working with Ivan and the team to deliver it."