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Diageo has announced two regional director replacements at its Global Travel and Middle East (GTME) unit.


Dayalan Nayager is appointed regional director, GTME Europe effective 1 July and will be based in London. Nayager replaces Paul Downing, who has left Diageo to pursue an external career opportunity, Diageo said.

Nayager will lead and manage all Travel Retail channels for Diageo in the region and joins the business from Brandhouse in South Africa, where he served as commercial director.

Zeina Hatem is appointed regional director, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) effective 16 July and will be based in Dubai, UAE. Hatem replaces Marwan Badri who is also pursuing an external career opportunity, according to Diageo. In her new role, Hatem will look after all of Diageo’s businesses within the Travel Retail and domestic channels as well as free trade zones across MENA. Hatem is currently Diageo's general manager of innovation for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Both Downing and Badri started the regional director posts in 2011.

Doug Bagley, managing director of Diageo GTME, said: "We are committed to strengthening our leadership position in the wine and spirits category through a clear strategic focus on premiumising and differentiating our spirit brands, developing even stronger partnerships with our customers and continuously transforming the retail and shopper experience."

Earlier this month, Diageo confirmed the departure of its Australian managing director.

Sectors: HR – personnel

Companies: Diageo

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