Top 10 women in the spirits industry

16th September, 2014 by Amy Hopkins

Deirdre Mahlan

Deirdre-MahlanAs the person in charge of the books at the world’s largest drinks group, Diageo, Deirdre Mahlan has certainly given women a presence at the top of the spirits industry table.

Mahlan was appointed Diageo’s chief financial officer in 2010 and since then has overseen numerous changes and challenges across the business and the wider spirits industry. She first joined the group in 2002 following its high profile acquisition of Seagram, where she held a number of high profile roles. After serving as head of Diageo’s tax and treasury in 2002, she worked as senior vice president and chief financial officer of Diageo North America from 2004 to 2007.

She has overseen not only the drawn-out acquisition of United Spirits, but also Diageo’s ambitious aims to cut costs by £200 million a year until 2017.

2 Responses to “Top 10 women in the spirits industry”

  1. Abhinav meherish says:

    Why is abiti sankarnarayanan not featured in this article ?

  2. John Lamond says:

    What about Elizabeth Usher, the first Scotch Whisky blender?
    or Kirsteen Canpbell at Edrington?
    or Stephanie Macleod at Dewar’s?
    or Margaret Mary Clarke at Inver House?

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