Speaker: Paul Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Diageo
Wednesday 11th September 2013, 6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m.
Paul Walsh is the CEO of Diageo plc. Paul Walsh has led Diageo, the world’s largest premium drinks company, since September 2000. In that time he and the business have received numerous plaudits – including being named Britain’s Most Admired Company in both 2012 and 2008.
Paul joined GrandMet’s brewing division in 1982 and became 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. Paul was appointed to the GrandMet Board in October 1995, and to the Diageo Board in December 1997.
Paul is a non-executive director of FedEx Corporation, Unilever plc, and Avanti Communications plc. He was previously a non-Executive Director of Centrica plc, stepping down in May 2009. He is a member of the board of trustees of The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum and the lead Non-Executive Director at the UK Department for Energy & Climate Change. Paul is immediate past-chairman of the Scotch Whisky Association, a role he held for 3 years, and a former chairman of the court of governors of Henley Management College. Paul Walsh has also been appointed Business Ambassador for the food and drink industries by the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Paul will speak about his firm belief that reputation is not a nice to have but rather a fundamental of successful business and that one role of leaders in today’s world is to understand the business case for investing in reputation and embedding that into the core of everything they do.
And yet – how does one invest in reputation? Reputation is not simply the product of things you can point at, measure or show like bricks and mortar (or whisky stocks in Scotland). They play a role, but reputation is also the product of a number of things that cannot be seen and are difficult to measure - leadership, trust, morale and customer relationships.
Paul will outline his holistic approach to reputation – what this approach has meant in practice for Diageo over the past 13 years and the lessons he has learned along the way.
6.00 p.m. – 6.30 p.m. Registration and Refreshments
6.30 p.m. – 6.45 p.m. Welcome Professor Christopher Prince
6.45 p.m. – 7.15 p.m. Britain’s Most Admired Companies - Lecture Paul Walsh, CEO,
7.15 p.m. – 7.45 p.m. Questions and Answer Session
8.00 p.m. Close
How to book your place
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