Diageo has announced changes to its board of directors.

The company said today (21 September) that Jonathan Symonds will retire as chairman of Diageo's audit committee on 21 September and leave the board on 16 October as he assumes his new external role.

The new chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nomination committee and remuneration committee will be Aviva's group finance director Philip Scott.

The company confirmed that Scott will join the board on 17 October.

For the interim period, Paul Walker, a non-executive director who has served on the board for five years, will be appointed chairman of the Audit Committee.

Commenting on these board changes, Lord Blyth said: "We will be sorry to lose Jon, who has made a major contribution to the board, especially as chairman of the Audit Committee. I am delighted to welcome Philip to the Diageo board. During his long career at Aviva, Philip has been responsible for the strategic development of its businesses in North America and Asia Pacific, in particular creating new operations in China and India. His experience will further enhance our board."