Date: Apr 11, 2019Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Managing Innovation and Complexity: Diageo North America President Deirdre Mahlan

Thu, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM CohnReznick
General PublicConsumer/Fashion


Did you know that Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, Crown Royal, Cîroc, Ketel One, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, J&B, Bulleit and Tanqueray and are all owned by one company?
Very few consumer brands survive beyond a decade or two and even fewer are truly global, yet Diageo has a portfolio that includes 200, 300 and (almost) 400 year old brands that are recognized in every corner of the globe. Their broad portfolio enables them to access a diverse consumer base, offering variation for any occasion, across a wide range of price points. Needless to say, it’s a complex, rapidly changing world in which the business and their brands are operating in. With 150 manufacturing sites, over 200 brands and operating in 180 markets, delivering sustained performance is quite some task! North America (the US & Canada) is Diageo’s most important market, contributing over a third of the businesses’ $16 billion in annual sales, half of its $5+ billion in profits with 2,600 of the company’s 30,000 person workforce. Deirdre Mahlan is responsible for Diageo’s crown jewel. She will present an overview of the company, its opportunities and challenges and share leadership lessons. Learn about fostering innovation at scale and sustaining a tradition of entrepreneurial spirit within a large and complex business. Come find out why Diageo is one of the world’s most admired and valued companies.
We look forward to a “spirited” discussion.

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Deirdre Mahlan

President, Diageo

As President of Diageo North America, Deirdre is responsible for the company’s largest market in terms of sales and operating profit. In this role she oversees Diageo’s U.S. and Canadian spirits and beer businesses, which include brands such as Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Crown Royal, Ketel One, Captain Morgan, Baileys and Guinness.

Deirdre has more than 20 years of experience in the consumer goods sector in a number of senior roles, primarily in the US with Diageo and Seagram. Most recently, Deirdre served as CFO of Diageo PLC, during which time she was a member of Diageo’s Board of Directors. Deirdre is also a Non- executive Director for Experian plc.

A native New Yorker, Deirdre holds an MBA from Columbia University and undergraduate degree from New York University.


Lance Stuart

Partner, Vici Partners

Lance Stuart is a partner at Vici Partners. He has over 30 years of consulting and operating experience, principally in the U.S., Japan and China. Clients span industries from cosmetics and consumer electronics to software, chemicals, insurance, airlines and telecoms. He has been an investor, co-founder, CEO, COO and board member of several companies in the U.S. and Asia. He began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York then transferred to Tokyo.

Lance earned a B.S. in economics and marketing, cum laude, from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School (’78), where he was awarded two academic scholarships. He was raised in Tokyo and is an active volunteer in several non-profit organizations including the Harvard Business School Club of NY, the Harvard Business School Association of Orange County and as a Council Member on the U.S.-Japan Council.

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