A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
Ivan Menezes has been chief operating officer of Diageo since March 1, 2012. In that role he leads Diageo’s operating businesses globally with responsibility for operations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, North America and Latin America and Caribbean.
Menezes has held a series of senior appointments in Diageo and was most recently president of Diageo North America and chairman of Diageo’s businesses in both the Asia Pacific and Latin America and Caribbean regions.
Diageo chairman Dr Franz Humer said: “Ivan Menezes has an outstanding track record in all his leadership roles in Diageo. Ivan's appointment to our board strengthens the executive leadership of our business and I look forward to working with him in this capacity.”