Paul Walsh has become a non-executive director at Avanti, further widening his reach beyond the CEO seat at Diageo.

Walsh took up his position at Avanti yesterday (3 January), said the satellite communications firm. The move means that 56-year-old Walsh now sits on three boards aside from his CEO role at Diageo.

He is also a non-executive director at FedEx Corp and Unilever. Speculation has mounted in recent months about how long Walsh will retain his CEO post at Diageo, a position he has held since 2000.

Specifically, he has been linked in media reports with the future non-executive chairmanship of Unilever.