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Diageo has appointed a chief information officer to replace its departed chief productivity officer.

Diageo will leave the post of chief productivity officer vacant

Diageo will leave the post of chief productivity officer vacant

Benedetto Conversano will take over as CIO in May, the company said today. He steps into the role after the exit of Brian Franz, who left last month to join financial service provider State Street Corp.

As chief productivity officer, Franz oversaw information technology. Conversano, however, will bring all of Diageo's technology elements under one roof. The role of chief productivity officer will remain vacant, a Diageo spokesperson confirmed.

Conversano, who will report to group CFO Kathy Mikells and be based in London, has previously worked in FMCG and retail for Procter & Gamble, Fater JV, Ikea, Jeronimo Martins. Most recently, he was with Avon, where he held the role of chief digital & information officer.

According to State Street, Franz joined Diageo in 2008 as global chief information officer having served as CIO for PepsiCo and in a number of technology leadership roles at global companies including GE and AT&T. 

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