DECC appoints drinks giant boss as new non-exec director

by Search Gate staff. Published Thu 17 Feb 2017 17:45
Diageo CEO Paul Walsh appointed to role at DECC

Paul Walsh has been appointed as Lead Non-Executive Director for the Department of Energy and Climate Change for two years. He joins DECC’s existing Non-Executive Directors Richard Reed and Rob Whiteman.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne said: “I am looking forward to working with Paul Walsh. His experience and business insight will prove invaluable as we work with industry to secure unprecedented levels of investment in our energy sector.”

Paul Walsh has acted as CEO of drinks giant Diageo since his appointment in September, 2000. Paul was chief operating officer of Diageo from 1 January 2000 to 31 August 2000.

Paul joined GrandMet’s brewing division in 1982 and became Finance Director in 1986. He held financial and commercial positions with Inter-Continental Hotels and in the GrandMet food business, becoming CEO of The Pillsbury Company in 1992. Paul was appointed to the GrandMet Board in October 1995, and to the Diageo Board in December 1997.

Paul is chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association, and a non-executive director of FedEx Corporation and Unilever plc. He was previously a non-Executive Director of Centrica plc, stepping down in May 2009. Paul is a former chairman of the court of governors of Henley Management College, and a member of the board of trustees of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. He is a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group. Paul was awarded the ‘Decade of Excellence Award’ at the UK National Business Awards in November 2008, recognising his success in building Diageo into a world renowned company.

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