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Diageo has appointed a former tobacco chief executive to its board.

Debra Crew was CEO of Reynolds American, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco

Debra Crew was CEO of Reynolds American, a subsidiary of British American Tobacco

Debra Crew, who was CEO of Reynolds American, joins Diageo's audit, nomination and remuneration committees. The 48-year-old will be a non-executive director on the board.

Crew spent 12 months as the CEO & president of Reynolds American, a US subsidiary of British American Tobacco. Prior to joining Reynolds, she worked at PepsiCo for five years, including a stint as president of the company's Americas Beverages unit.

Crew left Reynolds in 2017 but continues to hold a number of board appointments, including at Stanley Black & Decker and Mondelez International.

Diageo chairman, Javier Ferrán, said: "[Crew's] expertise in FMCG and experience as a former CEO will add to and complement the current board and will serve Diageo well as we continue to progress on our journey to achieving our ambition to become one of the most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world."

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