Diageo Names Looney President, U.S. Spirits And Canada. CCO Jeff Ivey To RetireSeptember 21, 2016
Diageo has announced a number of changes to its commercial leadership team in North America, naming Tom Looney to the new role of president, U.S. Spirits and Diageo Canada, effective October 1. Looney, who is currently president, U.S. open and control states, takes over national accounts and central commercial responsibilities from current Diageo North America chief commercial officer Jeff Ivey, who is retiring. Ivey will stay on in a transitional role through next June.
Looney will also assume responsibility for Canada, taking over for Jakob Ripshtein, currently president of Diageo Canada and CFO of Diageo North America (Ripshtein will retain the latter role). Meanwhile, Peter Kourtis will continue to lead Diageo’s Canada sales organization as general manager, reporting to Looney.
“The changes we are announcing today will support our business strategy and productivity goals,” said Deirdre Mahlan, president, Diageo North America. “This is part of an ongoing effort to ensure that our strategic assets—our people and culture, brands, processes and technology—are positioned optimally so that we can reinvest in our business to deliver sustained performance.”
In a send-off to Ivey, a longtime Diageo veteran, Mahlan added, “With a long career in this industry, Jeff’s leadership and vision has helped shape leading commercial execution in Diageo and in our dedicated distributors. Jeff is known as a thoughtful, strategic leader whose experience has helped him navigate the complexities of our industry in ways that have helped move our business forward, especially with regard to distributor alignment. I wish him the best in his retirement.” —Daniel MarstellerSubscribe to Shanken News Daily’s Email Newsletter, delivered to your inbox each morning.
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