Debra A. Crew, Chief Operating Officer, Diageo plc, has been a director of the company since December 2013.
Ms. Crew has served as Chief Operating Officer of Diageo plc, a global leader in beverage alcohol, since July 2022. Prior to that, she served as President, North America and Global Supply, Diageo plc from July 2020 to July 2022. From January 2017 to December 2017, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Reynolds American Inc. Prior to that, she served as President and Chief Commercial Officer of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. from October 2014 to October 2015 and as President and Chief Operating Officer of the company effective October 2015 to December 2016.
Before joining R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Ms. Crew served as President and General Manager, PepsiCo North America Nutrition from August 2014 to September 2014, as President, PepsiCo Americas Beverages from August 2012 through August 2014 and as President, Western European Region of PepsiCo Europe from April 2010 through August 2012. Prior to her tenure with PepsiCo, Ms. Crew held positions of increasing responsibility at Kraft Foods, Nestlé S.A. and Mars, Inc. from 1997 to 2010. From 1993 to 1997, Ms. Crew served as a captain in the United States Army, in military intelligence. Ms. Crew served as a director of Reynolds American from January 2017 until July 2017, when Reynolds American became an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of British American Tobacco p.l.c.
Ms. Crew is 51 years old and is Chair of the Compensation and Talent Development Committee and a member of the Finance and Pension Committee and the Executive Committee.
Ms. Crew brings to the Board an impressive record of success with leading global consumer products companies as well as a broad range of experience in marketing, operations and strategy. Ms. Crew’s global perspective, combined with proven commercial capabilities and exposure to world-class innovation planning processes, makes her a valuable resource for the Board and management.