Paul Walsh was Chief Executive of Diageo plc. from 2000 to 2013 and is now an adviser to the Chairman and Chief Executive of Diageo. Mr. Walsh joined GrandMet’s brewing division in 1982 and became its Finance Director in 1986. He held financial and commercial positions with Inter-Continental Hotels and in the GrandMet food business, becoming CEO of The Pillsbury Company in 1992. Mr. Walsh was appointed to the GrandMet Board in October 1995 and to the Diageo Board in December 1997.
Mr. Walsh is a non-executive director of FedEx Corporation, Unilever plc., and Avanti Communications plc. and was previously a non-executive director of Centrica plc., stepping down in May 2009. He has also been appointed Business Ambassador for the food and drink industries by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and is a Council Member, and former Chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association. Mr. Walsh was appointed chairman of Compass Group PLC in February 2014.