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Diageo North America president departs

Claudia Schubert, president and chief operating officer at Diageo North America, has left her role after 22 years with the business.

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Schubert took on her current role in 2022

Schubert will leave the company in September 2024, when she will transition to corporate board service and advisory work.

Debra Crew, CEO of Diageo, said: “Claudia has made an enormous contribution to Diageo. I want to thank Claudia for her dedication and extraordinary leadership, including her time helping steer North America through the unprecedented Covid pandemic and its aftermath.”

Schubert joined Diageo in 2002 as part of its wine business in California, before moving to spirits in 2009.

In 2015, she became general manager of the firm’s Continental Europe, Russia & Middle East division.

In 2018, she became president for US spirits and Canada, before joining the executive committee as president in 2022.

Sally Grimes, CEO Diageo North America, said: “Through her more than two decades of service to Diageo, Claudia has made an indelible mark on our business, brands, and culture. Combining sharp business acumen with a strong strategic mindset, she has successfully driven performance and delivered bold, transformation plans. As a passionate champion of our brands and the hospitality industry, she has cultivated strong and trusted relationships, both internally and externally.

“Claudia has been a trusted colleague and invaluable partner from my first day in this role. I am grateful for her wise counsel and dedication to the business.

“Please join me in thanking Claudia for her many contributions. Above all, the impact of her authentic leadership style, passion for our brands and care for developing our people will be felt for a long time.”

Diageo cited Schubert as ‘instrumental in the acquisition and integration of exciting brands’ including Aviation, 21Seeds, Mr Black and Seedlip.

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