Abella is returning to his family in Lebanon

Abella is returning to his family in Lebanon

Diageo has appointed a new MD for Travel Retail & the Middle East after Roland Abella quit for personal reasons.

Commercial director for Diageo Asia-Pacific Doug Bagley will replace Abella, who is returning to his family in Lebanon, Diageo said today (9 July). Bagley takes over as COO for Diageo global travel & Middle East (GTME) with immediate effect and assumes the MD role on 1 October, Diageo said.

Bagley joined Diageo as GM for Greater China in 2009, before being appointed commercial director for Australia. He became commercial director for Diageo Asia-Pacific last year, Diageo said.

Last month, Diageo confirmed its outgoing CEO Paul Walsh will join catering group Compass as chairman from next year.