Global beverage giant Diageo has appointed a new US president, as part of several changes to its executive committee.

Larry Schwartz has been appointed to the committee as president of Diageo US, with responsibility for the US spirits, beer and wine businesses, the firm has announced.

Schwartz will continue to report to Diageo North America president Ivan Menezes, who will also become chairman of the group's Asia Pacific business.

The moves are part of a broader re-shuffle on the Diageo executive committee, to take effect from 1 October.

Rob Malcolm, currently president of global marketing, sales and innovation, is to retire from the committee and from Diageo in December.

Ron Anderson has been appointed to the committee as chief customer officer, and Andy Fennell will be chief marketing officer.

Six of Diageo's business leaders have also been appointed to the committee, as have        Nick Blazquez, managing director for Africa, David Gosnell, managing director for global supply, Randy Millian, managing director for Latin America & Caribbean, and Ian Wright, corporate relations director.

"The appointments I have announced today reflect the contribution which these individuals already make to Diageo's performance," said Paul Walsh, group CEO. "We will now have better representation of the breadth of markets across which our business operates."