Diageo has confirmed the appointment of a permanent chief procurement officer.

The drinks giant said earlier today (13 April) that Thibaut Eissautier will assume the position from 1 August. Eissautier joins Diageo from European private label business McBride, where he has been CPO and also led the company’s R&D function.

The CPO post is currently held on an interim basis by Diageo's global technical director, Gerry O’Hagan, who has covered the role since September. The previous head of global procurement, John Dickson left Diageo last year, prompting O'Hagan to stand in.

Reporting to Diageo’s president of global supply & procurement, David Gosnell, Eissautier will be based in London. He currently resides in Lille, France.