Asif Adil, managing director of Diageo India, has left the company and will be replaced by Roland Abella, the drinks giant has said.

just-drinks understands from a source familiar with the situation that Adil's departure, announced by Diageo yesterday (5 March), came swiftly and was agreed by mutual consent.

A report in India's Economic Times newspaper yesterday claimed that former employees of Diageo India had made complaints about Adil's conduct at the group.

Diageo said yesterday that Adil has left "to pursue new horizons". A company spokesperson said today that "we have nothing further to add to the statement we issued yesterday".

Roland Abella will move from his position as head of Diageo Middle East and North Africa to replace Adil. He has previously been commercial director for the drinks giant in the Middle East and India.

"He is known in Diageo for his brand marketing expertise, his entrepreneurial leadership and his strong commitment to our people, brands and customer relationships," said John Pollaers, president of Diageo Asia Pacific, during a visit to Mumbai yesterday.

Pollaers said: "We are very pleased with the progress of our Indian business. Over the last two years we have taken significant strides in expanding our distribution and developing our brand presence in India."

Abella said: "I am very committed to the long-term development of the Indian business."

Diageo is currently in talks with Vijay Mallya's UB Group over a potential stake in UB's United Spirits business.

See the just-drinks blog for more on Adil's departure.