Diageo has confirmed a shake-up of its executive team in North America, and the appointment of a global chief for its Tequila portfolio.

The company said yesterday (13 October) that Maggie Lapcewich, the current head of National Accounts in Diageo's US unit, will fill the newly-created position of president global Tequila.

Lapcewich will be responsible for all aspects of Diageo's global Tequila business from strategy to execution. She will continue to serve on the North America executive team, reporting to Larry Schwartz, president Diageo USA.

Lapcewich will assume the position from 15 November.

As a result of the appointment, Mark Hubler, currently president of Control States, will expand his role to president of Control States & National Accounts. Hubler, joined Diageo ten years ago, will also join the North America executive team.

He will report into Kevin O'Neil, who is appointed president, US Spirits, National Accounts & Sales Development.

"I would like to congratulate Maggie, Mark and Kevin on their new roles," said Ivan Menezes, president & CEO of Diageo North America. "I am confident these changes will further advance our global tequila and US total beverage alcohol business."

Diageo today reported a 6% drop in like-for-like global sales in its fiscal first quarter.