A new MD has been appointed for Diageos Indian operations

A new MD has been appointed for Diageo's Indian operations

Diageo has confirmed the appointment of a new MD for its operations in India.

The company, which had kept the position vacant since May, said yesterday (5 September) that Abanti Shankaranarayanan has been promoted internally to fill the role. Shankaranarayanan, who had been appointed deputy MD for India at the beginning of this year, joined Diageo as marketing & innovation director in June 2010.

She replaces Roland Abella as leader of Diageo India, after he was transferred to Singapore to become MD of Diageo's Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) division. Abella, who became MD of Diageo India in early-2009, made the move to GTME at the beginning of May.

Shankaranarayanan worked in the marketing division of Tata Administrative Service prior to joining Diageo.