Diageo has appointed Dr Franz B Humer, chairman and CEO of the pharmaceutical group Roche, to the Diageo board, effective from Friday (1 April).

His appointment brings the number of Diageo's  independent  non-executive directors to seven. He will be appointed to the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Nomination Committee.
Commenting on the appointment, Lord Blyth said: "Franz is a highly respected international businessman and brings a variety of highly relevant complementary skills and experience. We are delighted to welcome him to the Diageo board."