Diageo North America Appoints Jakob Ripshtein as Chief Financial Officer and President, Diageo Canada

NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 16, 2015 /CNW/ -- Diageo, the world's leading premium drinks business, announced today the appointment of Jakob Ripshtein as Chief Financial Officer for Diageo North America.  Ripshtein, who is currently President of Diageo Canada, will add the responsibilities of CFO to his current role.  Ripshtein replaces Greg Kryder who has decided to leave the company in January 2016 to pursue other career interests.

"Jakob has a track record of delivering great business results," said Deirdre Mahlan, President, Diageo North America.  "During his tenure leading our Canada business, Jakob has overseen the successful transformation to a broker model, delivering strong business results and great employee engagement during a period of significant change." 

"I'd also like to thank Greg for his many contributions to Diageo over the last fourteen years," said Mahlan.  "Over the years, those who have worked with Greg know that he brings an equal commitment to great performance as well as developing great people and teams."

Ripshtein began his career with Diageo in 2008 as VP Finance for Canada.  In 2010, he moved to London to take on a role as Global Pricing Director for several years before returning to North America as SVP of Finance for Open States. Ripshtein has been President of Diageo Canada since 2014. 

Ripshtein will continue to report to Deirdre Mahlan, President, Diageo North America and serve as a member of the North America executive team.

About Diageo
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan's whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray, Guinness, and Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo's global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

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For further information: Alix Dunn, Diageo, 203.229.4744 or Kristen Crofoot for Diageo, 203.229.4223, http://www.diageo.com

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