Blog: Olly WehringAdil, Diageo break ties

Olly Wehring | 6 March 2009

Speculation has surrounded the sudden departure of Diageo India MD Asif Adil this week.

India's Economic Times (ET) newspaper yesterday (5 March) cited Diageo sources in the country as saying that Adil's departure is linked to "a certain breach in internal code of conduct".

Diageo has been investigating misconduct at its Indian subsidiary, according to the ET, with allegations including "leveraging company operations for personal or family gain".   

Regarding Adil's departure, just-drinks understands from a source familiar with the situation that both sides are legally bound to silence by a confidentiality clause.

Adil's exit is understood to have been sudden and the circumstances surrounding his departure remain under review.

The ET claimed yesterday that two more senior Diageo India officials have offered their resignations in the last few days, altough no names were given.

Diageo is naturally keen to focus on the new man in charge in India, Roland Abella. Previously head of Diageo in the Middle East and North Africa, Diageo is very enthusiastic about the appointment of Abella, who is known for his good people management and dynamic approach to business.

His arrival may prove to be the silver lining in a rather sticky situation.


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