INDIA: Former Diageo CEO joins United Spirits' board

By | 19 August 2013

Paul Walsh joins the groups board today

Paul Walsh joins the group's board today

Former Diageo CEO Paul Walsh has been appointed as a director on the board of United Spirits

In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, the Indian company, now controlled by Diageo, said that Paul Walsh joins its board as an “additional” director with effect from today (19 August). A Diageo spokesperson confirmed that the role would be in a non-executive capacity.  

Vikram Mehta, the former chairman of Shell India, has also been appointed as an “independent” director of United Spirits, the company said.

Diageo became the biggest shareholder in United Spirits last month when it completed a share purchase agreement with UB Group.

Walsh, who stepped down as Diageo CEO in June, is remaining as an adviser to the UK-based firm's new boss, Ivan Menezes, for a year. Walsh will join catering firm Compass as non-exec chairman from February. 

Aside from his United Spirits role, Walsh will remain involved with Diageo in a GBP80,000 per year role promoting its Scotch whisky interests, it was revealed last week. He is a council member of the Scotch Whisky Association, having previously been chairman of the trade body.

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