Paul Walsh

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Joined Compass Group "as non-executive director in January 2014. Appointed Chairman in February 2014. Former Chief Executive, Diageo plc, from September 2000 to June 2013 and now an adviser to the Chairman and Chief Executive, having originally joined the Board in 1997. Formerly Chief Executive Officer of the Pillsbury Company, Chairman of Ontex Group N.V. and a director of GrandMet. Former non-executive director of Unilever PLC, Centrica plc and United Spirits Limited. Paul is a Member of the Business Advisory Group for Britain, Business Ambassador on the UK Government’s Business Ambassador network and a Member of the Council of the Scotch Whisky Association.

"Current external appointments Chairman of Avanti Communications Group plc and Chime Communications Limited. Non-executive director of HSBC Holdings plc, FedEx Corporation, RM2 International S.A. and Simpsons Malt Limited and a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.[1]


Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Diageo is also a member of the American LEgislative Exchange Council (ALEC), sitting on its Corporate ("Private Enterprise") Board as of 2011.[2]

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  1. Compass Group plc Board, organizational web page, accessed April 2, 2016.
  2. Private Enterprise Board, ALEC website, accessed July 7, 2011.

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