Diageo elevates Louise Prashad to CHRO

Prashad has been with Diageo for more than 20 years now


Diageo, the multinational beverage alcohol company, and one of the largest distillers in the world, has elevated Louise Prashad, to the position of chief human resources officer, effective 1 January 2022. She will report to Ivan Menezes, CEO, and will also be part of the Diageo Executive Committee.

Prashad has been with Diageo for 20 years, serving in different roles, such as talent director for the Africa region, HR director for global functions, HR director for West LAC, followed by HR director for Europe. Her first post at Diageo was that of talent manager and business partner, global supply (Beer & RTD) from April 2001 to October 2003.

Since 2016, Prashad has been Diageo’s global talent director with duties extending across learning and development, talent acquisition, inclusion and diversity, and business partnering with global functions.

Mairead Nayager, who held the CHRO post at Diageo before Prashad, recently moved on to join GSK Consumer Healthcare as CHRO. Nayager had been with Diageo since October 2017. She was the HR director for the western Europe region, based out of the London office for ten months before she was elevated to the position of CHRO at Diageo.

Diageo, which was formed in 1997 by merging Guinness Brewery and Grand Metropolitan, is headquartered in London, England. It has active operations in more than 180 countries, and produces in more than 140 sites. In 2017, its position as the world’s largest distiller was overtaken by China’s Kweichow Moutai. It remains the largest producer of Scotch whiskey in the world.

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